IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS EASTERN DIVISION
May 22, 2009
TONYA NEELY, PLAINTIFF,
COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS, INC., ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Milton I. Shadur Senior United States District Judge
Tonya Neely ("Neely") has submitted a 13-count "Complaint for Mortgage for Monetary Damages" against a half-dozen defendants, accompanying her Complaint with an In Forma Pauperis Application ("Application") through which she seeks to proceed without payment of the $350 filing fee. Because the Application does not set out an acceptable basis for in forma pauperis treatment, it is denied without prejudice.
Application ¶2.a reflects that Neely is employed at a $2,200 monthly salary. In addition, any potential applicability of Application ¶4.d is unclear, for Neely has checked the "disability" box as a source of income even while answering "no" as to the entire group of items listed there.*fn1 But that aside, Application ¶5 significantly refers to a $43,000 trust fund for Neely's benefit. Although that entry goes on to state "restricted until three years," Neely does not explain the nature of the restriction or why she should get a free pass into the federal court system with such a sum awaiting her.*fn2
As stated at the outset, the Application must be denied at this point. Absent either a more suitable explanation or the actual payment of the filing fee--in either event to be done on or before June 8, 2009, this Court will be constrained to dismiss the Complaint and this action.