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Thomas v. City of Chicago Dep't of Water Management

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS EASTERN DIVISION


December 19, 2007

JANICE M. THOMAS, PLAINTIFF,
v.
CITY OF CHICAGO DEPARTMENT OF WATER MANAGEMENT, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Milton I. Shadur Senior United States District Judge

MEMORANDUM ORDER

Janice Thomas has submitted a self-prepared Complaint of Employment Discrimination.*fn1 This sua sponte memorandum order is occasioned by two problematic aspects of Thomas' filing.

To begin with, Thomas has provided only an original Complaint, even though court rules require that another copy be provided for service on each named defendant and that still another copy be provided for the assigned judge's chambers file. In the latter respect, this Court's minute clerk has printed out a copy, so that the only additional copies that Thomas must furnish are those for service on her targeted defendants.

This Court's other cause for concern is that even though the EEOC's right-to-sue letter is dated August 24, 2007, Complaint ¶8(b) states that Thomas did not receive that notification until September 19, 2007. That disparity requires an explanation on Thomas' part.

This Court will await Thomas' addressing of both matters referred to in this memorandum order on or before January 4, 2008, failing which this Court would be constrained to dismiss both the Complaint and this action (thus mooting Thomas' contemporaneously-submitted In Forma Pauperis Application ("Application") and Motion for Appointment of Counsel ("Motion")). If Thomas does provide the requested materials in an appropriate fashion, this Court will then address the Application and Motion on their merits.


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