The answer is yes if you believe the allegations in a civil rights lawsuit filed today.
A class action
lawsuit was filed today alleging that an Illinois transit funding scheme enacted
in 1983 funneled a disproportionate amount of transportation money to
white people riding the Metra than to minorities taking the CTA. According to ChicagoBreakingNews.com, "The lawsuit said the CTA receives only about 59 percent of RTA operating subsidies even though 82 percent of Chicago-area transit riders use the CTA."
It wasn't too long ago that another major civil rights lawsuit was filed here.
On Aug. 20, 2008, the Chicago Urban League and the Quad County Urban League filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court against the State of Illinois and the Illinois State Board of Education, claiming the defendants violated students' civil rights by providing unequal funding to schools based on race, particularly black and Latino students
These are two major civil rights lawsuits in a relatively short period of time. And from what we hear, more could be on the way. What does this say about Chicago?