IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS EASTERN DIVISION
March 29, 2010
MARCELLA DANIELS, PLAINTIFF,
FREEDMAN ANSELMO LINDBERG & RAPPE LLC, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Milton I. Shadur Senior United States District Judge
Marcella Daniels ("Daniels") has submitted a pro se Complaint against a number of defendants, invoking the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Fair Credit Reporting Act as the basis for federal jurisdiction. Daniels has accompanied her self-prepared Complaint with two forms provided by this District Court's Clerk's Office: an In Forma Pauperis Application ("Application") and a Motion for Appointment of Counsel ("Motion"). This memorandum order addresses both of those additional documents as a threshold matter.
As for the Application, it reflects that Daniels and her husband earn more than $4,000 a month (Daniels reports herself as self-employed, apparently doing business as Daniels & Daniels Transportation, Inc., while her husband is listed as employed by the City of Chicago). That being the case, this Court finds Daniels is not an appropriate candidate for in forma pauperis treatment, rather than her taking whatever steps are necessary to accumulate funds to pay the $350 filing fee.
As for the Motion, it lacks what our Court of Appeals teaches is an essential component of such a request: a showing of a plaintiff's efforts to obtain counsel on his or her own. Daniels has not discharged her responsibility by leaving that portion of the Motion blank and by stating "I have been unable to find an attorney because [the printed portion of the Motion] can't afford it [Daniels' handprinted continuation of the sentence]."
Accordingly both the Application and the Motion are denied. Unless Daniels pays the filing fee on or before April 29, 2010, the Complaint and this action will be dismissed without prejudice. If Daniels does pay the filing fee and completes the Motion form appropriately, this Court would be prepared to reconsider that request.*fn1