Chicago – A federal judge has ruled that the Chicago Transit
Authority may not ban advertisements for M-rated video games, saying the ads
"promote expression that has constitutional value and implicates core
First Amendment concerns." The U.S. District Court for the Northern
District of Illinois granted a preliminary injunction against the CTA requested
by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), a trade group of U.S. video game
"This ruling is a win for Chicago’s citizens, the video game industry
and, above all, the First Amendment," said Michael D. Gallagher, president
and CEO of the ESA.
"It is our hope that the CTA sees the futility of
pursuing this case further. To do so will waste taxpayer money and government
deserves better and we look forward to bringing this matter to an end."