IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS EASTERN DIVISION
February 8, 2010
ROBERT BARNES #20091130120, PLAINTIFF,
THOMAS J. DART, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Milton I. Shadur Senior United States District Judge
Robert Barnes ("Barnes"), an inmate at the Cook County Department of Corrections ("DOC"), has filed two pro se documents on forms provided by this District Court's Clerk's Office: a Complaint and an In Forma Pauperis Application ("Application").*fn1
Because Barnes has not accompanied the Application with a printout of the transactions in his trust fund account at DOC for the months from August 1, 2009 through January 31, 2010, as required by 28 U.S.C. §1915(a)(2),*fn2 this Court is not in a position to act on the Application by calculating the amount of Barnes' initial payment toward the $350 filing fee that he will be required to pay in future installments. Accordingly this Court's minute clerk will apprise DOC personnel of what is needed for that purpose.
In the meantime this Court has engaged in the preliminary screening contemplated by Section 1915A. It has found that Barnes' allegations, accepted as true (as is required at this stage), state a viable claim against the corrections officers who were involved in the incidents about which he complains. That is not however true as to Sheriff Thomas Dart, whom Barnes has also named as a defendant, because Sheriff Dart is not suggested to have had any personal involvement in the matter.*fn3