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Transportation agency sues United for "sham" Sycamore business

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The Regional Transportation Authority is suing United Airlines, saying the company falsely claims to buy fuel out of a small office in Sycamore to avoid paying taxes in Chicago.

The RTA claims the fuel purchases are actually being made in Chicago and United's United Aviation Fuels is running a "sham" office in Sycamore. According to the RTA, United Aviation Fuels has an agreement to pay DeKalb County a minimum of $300,000 a year, much less than they would pay in sales taxes in Chicago and Cook County.

The organization says American Airlines is also doing the same thing, but isn't suing that airline because it's currently in bankruptcy.

Both United and American say their Sycamore operations are legal.

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