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(Chicago Tribune) — Chicago and the Regional Transportation Authority on Tuesday filed the first of what are expected to be numerous lawsuits brought against other Illinoismunicipalities and businesses to halt a “tax avoidance kickback scheme” that is allegedly diverting hundreds of millions of dollars in sales taxes away from the Chicago area.  The two lawsuits were filed in Cook County Circuit Court against Kankakee, Channahon and several business consultants. The legal action comes amid a looming budget shortfall in Chicago and a financial crisis with the mass transit system that is forcing theCTA, Metra and Pace to consider fare increases and service cuts as early as next year, officials said.

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