IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS EASTERN DIVISION
February 10, 2009
DWIGHT THOMAS, PLAINTIFF,
PERCY COLEMAN, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
This 42 U.S.C. §1983 ("Section 1983") action, originally filed pro se by Dwight Thomas ("Thomas"),*fn1 took quite some time to get all of the named defendants served and in place. When that was done and defendants thereafter filed their Answer to Thomas' Amended Complaint,*fn2 this Court issued a sua sponte January 26, 2009 memorandum order directing defendants to flesh out their second Affirmative Defense--a contention that Thomas had failed to exhaust all available administrative remedies, which 42 U.S.C. §1997e(a) makes a precondition to filing his suit.
In response defendants have just filed their Memorandum of Law in Support of Their [sic] Failure To Exhaust Affirmative Defense, which spells out in detail the grievance procedures established by the Illinois Department of Corrections ("Department") and reflects that a search of Department's records had revealed no effort by Thomas to pursue such remedies. From that submission it would seem most likely that no added discovery may be called for to address defendants' motion, but this memorandum order is also issued sua sponte to draw the attention of attorney Campbell as well as defense counsel to their need to be prepared to discuss the subject at the forthcoming February 17, 2009 status hearing.
Milton I. Shadur Senior United States District Judge