CHICAGO - A Plainfield village trustee has filed suit in Cook County, contending an anonymous commenter on a local Patch website spread false information and attempted to damage his reputation and business.
Through trial discovery, the local Patch news site revealed to Republican Garrett Peck, the concerned trustee, that the anonymous commenter identified as "Eye on Plainfield" was head of the Plainfield Township Democratic Organization Mike Keniley. Under that pseudonym, Keniley is alleged to have made detrimental accusations about Peck's business and personal concerns. Peck is suing for $30,000 in damages due to emotional distress and damaged reputation.
The Patch comments were posted shortly before Peck lost to Democrat Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant in the hotly contested race for the state’s 49th Senate District in November 2012.
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