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Plainfield Park Board Member's Trial to Resume Monday

The case was continued last month to give Peter Steinys time to find a new lawyer.

A Plainfield Park District commissioner accused of battering a Joliet firefighter over a political spat will return to court on Sept. 30.


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  • Peter Steinys, 56, faces a local ordinance violation charge stemming from an alleged argument over campaign sign placement.

    The trial began in July but has been delayed several times, most recently because his former attorney, Ragan Freitag, is no longer with the law firm that represented Steinys.

    Read: Steinys Attorney Out; Battery Trial Put on Hold

    Steinys appeared in court Aug. 26, temporarily represented by attorney and Village of Plainfield trustee Dan Rippy, to ask Judge Joseph Polito for a delay while he found a new lawyer.

    Now that he has — according to court documents, Steinys is now represented by Paul Napolski — Steinys is due back in court on Monday.

    Accused of Battery


    Michael Carlin accuses Steinys of hitting him with a car door, chasing him and grabbing him with both hands after a disagreement over who had the right to place campaign signs in a field near Feeney Drive and Route 59 on the eve of the Nov. 6 election.

    Carlin was a volunteer for State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, while Steinys was working with Plainfield trustee Garrett Peck's unsuccessful Senate campaign last fall. Peck remains a village trustee and is now the executive director of the Plainfield Park District.

    The firefighter, who was on leave from work following shoulder surgery at the time of the alleged incident, claims he confronted a never-identified "man in black" who had allegedly removed Bertino-Tarrant signs and replaced them with Peck election signs.

    Carlin said he had approached a car where the "man in black" was sitting with Steinys when the alleged battery took place.

    Carlin testified on the first day of the trial in July; prior to the delays, two Plainfield police officers were also scheduled to testify, along with Steinys.

    The trial is slated to resume at 1 p.m. Monday at the Will County Courthouse in Joliet.

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    Vicky Polito September 27, 2013 at 12:14 AM
    Another big, bad "Anonymous" commenter shows his/her weakness--on a few levels--by slandering people whose job is risking their lives if necessary to save a stranger! Wow. Stay classy AND brave,"Anonymous"!
    Mayhem September 27, 2013 at 08:07 AM
    Sounds like someone is a little too close to Steinys. Next time you need the assistance of "ANOTHER BIG BAD FIREFIGHTER", call Steinys instead. Have Pete put out your fire, or give life saving assistance when you need it.
    Vicky Polito September 27, 2013 at 10:04 AM
    Not true. The path of Anonymous is the path of cowardice (still not willing to let anyone, least of all the fire protection district, be able to spot you in the herd!), selfishness (because of course your 1,000 bucks is much more valuable than the life or safety of any human being you can't gaze adoringly at in a mirror), and what looks to be psychic ability (because you KNOW you will "never" need to dial 911 for help from a fire fighter). If there are provable gripes you have with how fire protection money is spent, by all means, WORK (not SNARK) on tackling the problem. But, no matter what, insisting that all a fire fighter does is wash the fire house dog is beyond ignorant. Tell the truth, are you just jealous of either the salary or the respect (or both) that these men and women earn? With your focus on their image, their paychecks, and your pitiful understanding of what they do, it sounds like it.
    anonymous September 27, 2013 at 12:01 PM
    @vicky polito-you are exactly the reason why this country started its downhill slide with the passage of the 19th amendment. If you didn't pay so much in taxes to these leeches you could afford more than a plastic house and a 2 car garage. My big $ Shorewood neighborhood with 5 digit property tax bills is full of cops and firefighters and assorted govt vermin and YOU'RE footing the bill. that's ok- once Wall Street is done gutting their pensions we'll see how friendly these govt scum really are as they reach deeper into your wallet.
    Grandpamike September 27, 2013 at 12:20 PM
    @anonymous Maybe you should put notices up around your dwelling to notify the "vermin" that you won't be needing their help, when your house is on fire or an intruder is threatening you, or you can use your 2nd Amendment rights to accomplish that in the case of the intruder.By quoting the 19th Amendment shows that you are a misogynist and I would guess a homophobe as well. We all pay taxes, and I am sure that the "extravagant" salaries we pay firemen and policemen are much more appreciated than other uses of our tax dollars.
    Dan B September 27, 2013 at 12:37 PM
    @Grandpamike. Please stop useing big words with more that two syllabels for @anonymous. His sixth grade education prevents him from understanding your posts. Thank You
    anonymous September 27, 2013 at 03:04 PM
    @Dan B- we're all breathlessly awaiting your brilliant rebuttal to how coughing up 60+% of my income in some form of taxes/fees to the govt is so wonderful- or is it nap-time at the firebarn?
    Dan B September 27, 2013 at 03:22 PM
    @anonymous, what exactaly is 60% of a link card? I dont care how much it costs to know that if my house catches fire someone will come over and put it out. You know that if you have a problem you can always run for the FD/PD board and make changes. Now get off your moms couch in the basement and get a job.
    anonymous September 27, 2013 at 03:36 PM
    @DanB- my 5 year old exhibits better debating skills and critical thinking than you do. thanks for making my point for me as to your intelligence. the last argumentative refuge of the truly stupid now appears to consist of "get off of your mom's couch in the basement". I'd post my address but I'm afraid you would come over and molest my dog.
    Mayhem September 27, 2013 at 03:46 PM
    @anonymous - You have it all backwards. No one loves paying all of the taxes that we do, but to say that firefighters don't earn their wage is wrong. I would rather pay a firefighter $100k a year, than pay a Park District Director $110K a year, whom has no clue as to what he is doing. Tell me, who will you call if your house does catch fire? (Wait, that's right, your house never would catch fire) Who would you call if you needed a Paramedic to respond to a medical emergency at your home? Who would you rather respond to an accident that you, your family, or friends were in? Seems as if you are butt hurt over ole Petes predicament. Oh, and calling someone retarded, maybe you should be careful with the words you use. You never know what may show up in the DNA of your future offspring.
    anonymous September 27, 2013 at 04:01 PM
    I'd rather pay NONE of them-real estate taxes are unconstitutional and only feeds the growing govt beast. And I have 2 beautiful blond-haired, blue eyed, strapping Aryan boys of pure Germanic stock- thanks for asking.
    Mayhem September 27, 2013 at 04:34 PM
    @anonymous - Lets hope you never need any sort of assistance. That though, wont come to pass. At some point, you will need help, and those people that you claim don't deserve their pay, will still come to your aid. As far as your offspring go, don't get too cocky. Considering your comments, your DNA pool is pretty shallow. One can only hope that your kids are smarter than you.
    Mike Keniley September 28, 2013 at 12:19 PM
    Sometimes...an anonymous poster feels he or she does not desire backlash. They may be a person who is in the public eye. However, coming back with ridiculous comments...as "anonymous"...is simply someone who needs to be ignored. As to the primary topic: this Steinys character, if found guilty should immediately resign. What's next for this sneaky "man in black"???
    Grandpamike September 28, 2013 at 12:47 PM
    @Anon Please leave the bunker, adjust your tin hat, and try to make a cogent statement. Your rants are so disjointed as a late stage psychosis would indicate, just another sad human acting out.
    Mark September 28, 2013 at 04:32 PM
    @ anonymous, I am confused, If you own a home in Shorewood, why are you here shooting your mouth off about Plainfield taxes? I have an idea, if you do not like it MOVE! Nobody is holding a gun to your head to stay here.
    anonymous September 29, 2013 at 11:36 AM
    I see that everyone on here has come to believe that the govt will solve all of your problems instead of realizing govt is the problem. the nanny state in full effect-the role of victim pervades at every level of society. when logic escapes you and you become incapable of critical thought just throw out "tin foil hat" and "conspiratorist" and resume staring at the tv.
    Mark September 30, 2013 at 10:25 AM
    Again, if you are so unhappy anonymous, move out of the state. I do not understand if you are that unhappy why do you stay?
    anonymous September 30, 2013 at 02:05 PM
    so- because I am pi$$ed off that a bunch of thieves from the govt tax me to death to dole out to other non-producers in the various branches of govt services I am supposed to leave this area that I grew up in, started a business in, built a nice house in and started a family in? you seem to be kind of a "when the going gets tough the tough move away to escape the problems" kind of guy. It didn't use to be like this in IL as far as the taxation and regulation. besides- if the people like me(and my wife) that work in private industry and produce ACTUAL GOODS leave IL(which is happening in droves BECAUSE of the obscene taxes BECAUSE of high govt employee salaries/pensions) who is going to foot the bill for all of the livin'-high-on-the-hog govt "workers"? besides-someday soon it will be fun to see all of the govt employees realize that they were made worthless paper promises by a bankrupt govt.
    Mark October 02, 2013 at 05:06 PM
    Actually I said that because it seems that everyone is tired of hearing you whine like a little baby. Get over it, and this is not the "ole" days around here anymore.
    anonymous October 02, 2013 at 05:51 PM
    The "ole" days didn't have so many overpaid,useless govt employee douchebags - so you're right on that one. If it makes you feel better CAT Joliet just laid off 200 more guys that used to pay a lot of taxes to the bloated firefighter and cop salaries/pensions.

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