The Regional Transportation Authority (IL), which oversees transit services in greater Chicago, has revoked credit card privileges for most employees after a high-ranking official apparently used her card for personal expenses. The charges were considered accidental, and the agency was reimbursed, but the agency decided it was time for a change. “It’s kind of handy to have one, but we really don’t need it,” executive director Joseph Costello told the Better Government Association. “Inadvertent mistakes happen, but they don’t happen if you don’t have cards.” Until last month, about a dozen senior RTA executives had agency-issued credit cards; now RTA will keep only a few, to be used for procurement, training, travel, and meeting expenses.
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