Judge to Rule in Steinys Trial

Plainfield Park District commissioner Peter Steinys is accused of battery; his bench trial is scheduled to conclude Oct. 8.

Will County Judge Joseph Polito is scheduled to make a ruling in a Plainfield man's battery bench trial on Tuesday.

Plainfield Park District commissioner Peter Steinys faces an ordinance violation charge of battery in connection with an alleged argument over campaign signs during the November 2012 election. 

Amid allegations of sign-stealing between the Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant and Garrett Peck state Senate campaigns, a Joliet firefighter claims Steinys hit him with a car door, then grabbed him and attempted to punch him in an altercation the night before the Nov. 6, 2012 election. The firefighter, Michael Carlin, was a volunteer with Bertino-Tarrant's ultimately victorious campaign.

Steinys maintains it was Carlin who pushed him with the car door, and he pushed the door back as he got out of the car.

Last week, Steinys attorney Paul Napolski admitted his client initially lied to police, telling them he was not at the scene of the alleged incident; according to Napolski, Steinys wished to maintain the integrity of both campaigns and did not want the alleged incident to affect the outcome of the election.

Because it's a local charge, if he's convicted, Steinys would face a fine but could not be sentenced to jail time. He is due in Plainfield branch court, located at the Plainfield Police Department at 14300 Coil Plus Dr., at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday.


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