10/25/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Blagojevich Installs Former Aide On CTA Board

Gov. Rod Blagojevich named his former deputy governor to the Chicago Transit Authority board Wednesday.

From Greg Hinz in Crain's Chicago Business:

Out is Chicago attorney Nicholas Zagotta, whose seven-year term had expired. In is Sheila Nix, who as Mr. Blagojevich's deputy governor and chief policy adviser helped develop the seniors-ride-free program that has set off sparks between the governor and Mayor Richard M. Daley.

Blagojevich's move comes nearly two weeks after the governor ripped into the CTA board for "marching orders from City Hall" and vowed to replace existing board members with his own choices.

Nix left her $135,000-a year post with the administration in June, after serving as deputy governor since December, 2006. Before that, she was the spokesperson for Blagojevich's 2006 re-election campaign.

More details on CTA board appointments, from the Tribune:

The board consists of seven members, with three appointed by the governor, and four by the mayor. Members serve seven-year terms, draw a $25,000-a-year salary and get health and pension benefits.

Nix's appointment must be approved by the Illinois Senate and the mayor.