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.

    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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