One is a labor lawyer. Another heads a company that sells firefighting equipment. One runs a construction company.
Of the 11, only five have held elective office. And just one has any railroad experience.
They are the board of directors of Metra, one of the nation's biggest commuter rail systems, which provides more than 300,000 passenger trips a day and has a budget of about $868 million.
Here are their profiles and who appointed them.
LARRY HUGGINS (Chicago) Huggins was appointed by then-Mayor Richard Daley in 1997.
He is CEO of Riteway-Huggins Construction Services Inc.
Representing McHenry County
JACK SCHAFFER (Cary) Schaffer, who has served since 2006, was appointed by then-County Board Chairman Ken Koehler.
Schaffer, a Republican, was a longtime state senator, and served as commissioner of the Illinois Office of Banks and Real Estate.
A former lobbyist and consultant, Schaffer owns Liberty Outdoor Advertising and Liberty Self Storage, both in Crystal Lake.
Representing DuPage County
PAUL DARLEY (Elmhurst) Darley was appointed in 2011 by County Board Chairman Dan Cronin.
Darley is CEO of a company that manufactures firefighting equipment.
Representing Kane County
MIKE McCOY (Aurora) McCoy was named in 2011 by former board Chairwoman Karen McConnaughay.
A Republican, McCoy is also a former county chairman. He is an engineer.
Representing Will County
JACK PARTELOW (Naperville) Partelow was appointed in 2009 by County Executive Lawrence Walsh.
Partelow, who is retired, formerly was chairman of the Will County Republican Party and a vice president at Dunn and Bradstreet.
Representing Lake County
NORMAN CARLSON (Lake Forest) Carlson was appointed in April by Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor.
Carlson is a railroad industry consultant and spent 34 years with Arthur Andersen Co.
Representing Cook County
STANLEY RAKESTRAW (Flossmoor) Rakestraw was appointed by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.
Rakestraw is co-founder, vice president and chief operating officer of SCR Medical Transportation, which provides transit service for disabled people.
Representing suburban Cook County
The following were appointed by suburban members of the Cook County Board (the current members are Elizabeth "Liz" Doody Gorman, Deborah Sims, Joan Murphy, Peter Silvestri, Larry Suffredin, Gregg Goslin, Timothy Schneider and Jeffrey Tobolski):
BRAD O'HALLORAN (Orland Park) Representing southwest Cook, O'Halloran was appointed in 2011.
O'Halloran is chairman of Metra's board. He is also a village trustee in Orland Park.
O'Halloran is regional director of development for the University of Notre Dame.
ARLENE MULDER (Arlington Heights) Representing northwest Cook, Mulder was appointed in 2005.
Mulder, a Republican, recently stepped down as the longtime mayor of Arlington Heights.
WILLIAM WIDMER (Evanston) Widmer represents north and west Cook.
Widmer is a labor law attorney.
DON DE GRAFF (South Holland) Representing south Cook, De Graff was appointed in 2011.
A banker, De Graff is village president of South Holland.
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