Class Action Suit Filed Citing Illinois Transit Funding As Discriminating Against Minority Riders

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Lawyers from a civil-rights law clinic at Chicago-Kent College of Law along with members of the Chicago law firm Futterman Howard Ashley Watkins & Weltman, P.C., recently filed a class action law suit in US District Court against the State of Illinois; Illinois Department of Transportation; Gary Hannig, Secretary of the Illinois Department Of Transportation; Joe Clary, Director of Illinois Department of Transportation's Division of Public and Intermodal Transportation; Regional Transportation Authority; And Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corporation (d/b/a Metra), charging that the budget and funding of the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) relative to that of Metra discriminates against the CTA's 60% minority ridership. The complaint covers the funding scheme that has been in place since 1983, and that they seek to show has disparately favored white riders through the formulae used within RTA to allocate operating and capital funding to the separate transit entities.

The Chicago Tribune published an article on the suit on January 7, 2010,
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-transit-funding-lawsuitjan07,0,172846
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. Statements regarding the CTA's budget and fare plans for 2010 may also be found on the Chicago Tribune's web site, in a letter from CTA President Richard Rodriguez, published December 22, 2009 http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/letters/chi-091222rodriguez_briefs,0,7412883.story.

A press release regarding the suit and the full complaint are available on Futterman Howard's web site, at

http://www.futtermanhoward.com/files/press.pdf and http://www.futtermanhoward.com/files/complaint.pdf, respectively.