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Stephen Peterson wrongful discharge petition

Stephen Peterson wrongful discharge petition

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This is the petition for administrative review of the firing of officer Stephen Peterson from the Oak Brook Police department.
This is the petition for administrative review of the firing of officer Stephen Peterson from the Oak Brook Police department.

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INTHECIRCUITCOURTOFDUPAGECOUNTY,ILLINOISCOUNTYDEPARTMENT-CHANCERYDIVISIONSTEPHENPETERSON,)
2011MRQ00291
)
StatusDate}
07/051Ql>AssignedTO)2005
VILLAGEOFOAKBROOK,ILLINOIS;VILLAGEOF)OAKBROOKBOARDOFFIREANDPOLICE)COMMISSIONERS;JOHNPIRCON,Member;)EDWARDH.NIELSEN,Member;FREDRICK)CAPPETTA,Member;THOMASSHEAHAN,)ChiefofPolice,)))
Plaintiff,
FILED
Mar042011-14:57PM
VS.
CLERKOFTHE18THJUDICIALCIRCUITDUPAGECOUNTYILLINOIS
Defendants.COMPLAINTFORADMINISTRATIVEREVIEWPlaintiff,STEPHENPETERSON,byandthroughhisattorney,Tamara
L.
Cummings,filesthisComplaintforAdministrativeReview,pursuanttotheAdministrativeReviewAct,735ILCS
5/3-101,
etseq.
InsupportofhisComplaint,Plaintiffstatesasfollows:1.PlaintiffhasfiledthisComplainttoreviewthefinaldecisionoftheVILLAGEOFOAKBROOKBOARDOFFIREANDPOLICECOMMISSIONERS.AcopyofsaiddecisionisattachedheretoasExhibit"A".andincorporatedhereinbyreference.2.Atalltimesmaterialherein,Defendant,VILLAGEOFOAKBROOKBOARDOFFIREANDPOLICECOMMISSIONERS,wasinexistenceandactingunderthepublicgovernmentalauthorityofDefendant,VILLAGEOFOAKBROOK.3.Defendant,VILLAGEOFOAKBROOKBOARDOFFIREANDPOLICECOMMISSIONERS,anadministrativeagencyoftheDefendant,VILLAGEOFOAKBROOK,ILLINOIS,waschargedwithconductingafairhearingandfairlydecidingthechargesagainstPlaintiffincompliancewiththeevidenceandthelaw.
 
4.Defendant,THOMASSHEAHAN,wastheChiefofPolicewhowasresponsibleforthepreparationandfilingofandoneoftheindividualsresponsiblefortheprosecutionoftheparticularchargesinvolvedherein.DefendantSHEAHAN'Sactionsinfilingandprosecutingthechargeswerevindictive,retaliatory,unfounded,excessiveandpartofapatternofharassmentofthePlaintiff.AcopyoftheChargesareattachedasExhibit"B"andincorporatedhereinbyreference.5.Defendants,JOHNPIRCON,FREDRICKCAPPETTAandEDWARDH.NIELSENwereatalltimesmentionedherein,membersoftheDefendant,VILLAGEOFOAKBROOKBOARDOFFIREANDPOLICECOMMISSIONERSandarejoinedasDefendantshereinintheircapacitiesassuchcommissionmembers.6.Plaintiff,STEPHENPETERSON,atalltimesmentionedhereinwasaresidentoftheCountiesofKaneandofWill,StateofIllinois,andemployedasapoliceofficerinthepolicedepartmentoftheDefendant,VILLAGEOFOAKBROOK,locatedintheCountyofDuPage.7.OnoraboutFebruary19,2011,DefendantVILLAGEOFOAKBROOKBOARDOFFIREANDPOLICECOMMISSIONERSissuedafinaldecisiontoterminatePlaintiff,effectiveuponentryofthatOrder.AcopytheOrderisattachedasExhibit"A"andincorporatedhereinbyreference.8.Theproceduralrulings,conclusionsoflawandfactualfindingsoftheDefendant,VILLAGEOFOAKBROOKBOARDOFFIREANDPOLICECOMMISSIONERSwithregardstoguiltareagainsttheweightoftheevidence,erroneous,arbitraryandcapricious,unfair,contrarytolaw]andcontrarytofacts.9.ThepunishmentimposeduponPlaintiff,STEPHENPETERSON,bytheDefendant,VILLAGEOFOAKBROOKBOARDOFFIREANDPOLICE
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COMMISSIONERSiscontrarytotheevidence,excessive,politicallymotivated,unjust,baseduponinadmissibleevidence,baseduponevidencetakeninviolationofhisconstitutionalrightsandcontrarytolaw,andthepunishmentexceedsthelawfulauthorityanddiscretionoftheDefendant,VILLAGEOFOAKBROOKBOARDOFFIREANDPOLICECOMMISSIONERSunderlawandunderthefactsandcircumstancesofthiscase.
10.
TherulingsoftheVILLAGEOFOAKBROOKBOARDOFFIREANDPOLICECOMMISSIONERSonPlaintiff'sMotiontoContinueandMotiontoDismisswerecontrarytotheevidenceandthelaw,contrarytotheprinciplesofjudicialeconomyandfairness,andclearlyerroneous.SaidmotionsareattachedasExhibits"C"and"0"andincorporatedhereinbyreference.
11.
TherulingoftheVILLAGEOFOAKBROOKBOARDOFFIREANDPOLICECOMMISSIONERSonPlaintiff'soralMotionforDirectedFindingwascontrarytotheevidenceandthelawandclearlyerroneous.12.ThelastknownaddressofeachDefendantissetforthintheAffidavitwhichisattachedheretoasExhibit"E",andincorporatedhereinbyreference.
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