Local Laborers 477 and Business Agent Brad Schaive filed a lawsuit Friday against the Eastside Democrat Political Action Committee, Alderman Roy Williams, and William Bishop for allegedly making defamatory posts on social media during the closing days of the municipal election.
In the lawsuit, Laborers 477 and Schaive allege that the defendants made false claims on social media, describing the organization and leadership as racists, members of a hate group, and supporters of former President Trump. Schaive claims that these statements were made with the intent to damage his reputation and professional standing.
The lawsuit, filed in Sangamon County Circuit Court, seeks over $50,000 and punitive damages, interest on damages, and legal fees.
Laborers 477 and Schaive demanded a jury trial on all issues. The East Democrat PAC, Alderman Roy Williams, and William Bishop have not yet issued a statement regarding the lawsuit. It remains to be seen how the court will proceed on the matter.