'Tribune' questions H&K mass transit work

Hill & Knowlton and Chicago's Regional Transportation Authority are getting blowback after the organization gave the firm a three-month, $45,000 contract.

Hill & Knowlton and Chicago's Regional Transportation Authority are getting blowback after the organization gave the firm a three-month, $45,000 contract.

The Chicago Tribune describes the deal as an “emergency, no bid public affairs contract.” It also notes that “there's nothing in the RTA staff's request to hire the firm to suggest that it will be clear, precise, and convincing communications regarding the budget crisis facing public transit.”

RTA officials told the Tribune that H&K will help the organization raise awareness about the need to keep its infrastructure in good working condition.

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