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Garrett Peck's Libel Case Moves to Will County

Suit against a Patch commenter was originally filed in Cook County.

Garrett Peck is suing Plainfield Township Democratic Chairman Mike Keniley. Credit: Patch file photo
Garrett Peck is suing Plainfield Township Democratic Chairman Mike Keniley. Credit: Patch file photo
Village of Trustee Garrett Peck's lawsuit against a local Democratic party chairman has been moved to Will County.

Peck is suing Plainfield Township Democratic Chairman Mike Keniley over defamatory comments made on Patch more than a year ago, when Peck was running for state Senate.


Last winter, Peck, who recently resigned his position as Plainfield Park District executive director, sought the names of several commenters on Patch and Topix, an online discussion board. He alleged the commenters made false and defamatory statements accusing him of, among other things, beating his wife, having an affair, bribing police and using his position as a Plainfield trustee to win lucrative contracts for his company. 

The lawsuit filed in October names only Keniley as a defandant.

The case was transferred to Will County from Cook County on Thursday. The suit is scheduled for case management on May 20 at the Will County Courthouse Annex, 57 N. Ottawa St. in Joliet.
Lance Stevens February 07, 2014 at 11:12 AM
And remember this....Peck's right hand man, Mark Batinick is running for state rep...you think things were bad with Peck and the Park District, wait to Batinick gets to Springfield and alienates the Republicans in power with his extreme agenda and threats to state leadership... Good thing Tom Cross got all those roads built and infrastructure projects funded..cause if Batinick wins, Plainfield and Oswego are getting nothing..
Tim March 03, 2014 at 03:05 PM
Looks like peck is going to try to play lawyer here. According to Will County court records, he STILL doesn't have an attorney of record for this case. Either he plans on defending himself(HA!), or he is just filing this to get the publicity. In his mind, he seems to think this gives him good publicity... Remember, this is the same guy that tried suing someone that he said posted he 'beat his wife, and bribed the police' (those are his own words)... and LOST that suit when the other anonymous poster called pecks bluff and actually showed up in court, presented the case to the judge, and was able to get the suit fully dismissed. If anyone wonders why this 'man' is the town joke now, this is the starting point. It looks foolish enough for a grown-man to make accusations of 'cyber-bullying', but that foolishness turns into political suicide when you end up also losing the case you yourself filed.
Ron Jidzny May 20, 2014 at 04:17 PM
Today was the big day in court on a Patch commenter on a media outlet that is apparently not legitimate. I see the case management has been continued for 07.09.14. Anyone aware of what transpired today? I don't want to make any false assumptions on what happened today so I don't get sued but then again I wouldn't mind another faulty attempt.
Tim May 20, 2014 at 07:14 PM
And here we go... according to todays court record on the county court website, the plaintiff(peck) DIDN"T EVEN SHOW UP TO COURT. - His hand is going to be pretty tired from signing all those checks over to the people he attempted to use the courts to silence and intimidate. As eyes now turn to the village board for not censuring his behavior, things should get pretty interesting in this little 'burg. #ThankYouForDestroyingYourselfSoPublicly
Ericus Alanas May 21, 2014 at 05:00 PM
Did he leave Plainfield yet?

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