In what newscasters describe as a “classic Chicago shakedown” during the making of the movie Source Code last year, a Chicago transit employee who negotiated a $19,000 contract for use of the train system reportedly demanded filmmakers deliver $2,000 in an envelope to him or another employee as a tribute to his effort. When he learned the money wouldn’t be delivered, he told a whistle-blower she’d never be able to work with Chicago’s Metra again.
Deadline embeds the news report at the bottom of this post.
Chicago’s Metra train is a primary focus in the movie, most of which takes place on a train car. The accused employee, who retired from his $73,000-a-year job after the report surfaced, has reportedly been questioned by police, but denies he solicited a bribe.
Lights, camera … shakedown? [CBS2 Chicago via Deadline]