Friday, October 7, 2022

Village People

An interesting complaint recently filed by the Illinois Administrator

Respondent has been involved in politics in the Village of Tinley Park (hereinafter sometimes referred to as “the Village”), which is located in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, since at least 2009. Prior to that, he was a police officer in the Village. In 2013, Respondent was an unsuccessful candidate to become the Village’s President. In 2017, Respondent unsuccessfully sought employment in a non-legal position with the Village. After he was denied employment by the Village, Respondent told then-Village Attorney Patrick Connelly that he would make sure the Village spent every dollar that Respondent would have received in payment as an employee on legal fees responding to requests for review and litigation that Respondent would pursue in retaliation for not being hired by the Village.

Since 2014, Respondent has filed at least 26 lawsuits in both state and federal courts against the Village, its elected officials, its staff or volunteers, Village residents, and attorneys employed by the Village. In several of those cases, Respondent was the only plaintiff in the lawsuit. During that same time, Respondent also: filed approximately 150 requests that the Village respond to requests for records under the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”), including substantially similar requests submitted within short periods of time; filed requests that the Illinois Attorney General’s staff review the Village’s denial of certain FOIA requests; filed at least 10 ethics complaints with the Village, all of which were dismissed following review by independent counsel retained by the Village; and filed multiple requests that the Administrator investigate attorneys involved with the Village, all of which were closed by the Administrator’s staff following an investigation of Respondent’s allegations. As of the date this complaint was filed, the Village had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars responding to those lawsuits, FOIA requests and ethics complaints.

It is alleged that a 2020 federal civil suit violated Rule 3.1 and that the  course of conduct violated 4.4(a). (Mike Frisch)

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