Springfield, IL. (ECWd) -
Attorney Thomas DeVore has filed a Defamation Per Se action against Governor Pritzker on October 29, 2021, alleging the Governor's statement at a press conference:
- imputed the Plaintiff had committed a criminal action
- imputed that Plaintiff was unable to perform or lacks integrity in performing his employment duties as an attorney
- imputed that Plaintiff lacked ability or otherwise prejudiced the Plaintiff in his profession
The complained-of statements:
"Well, you know, he's a grifter who is taking money from parents who are being taken advantage of."
"So I hope that the, you know, the reign of grifting and terror that he is trying to bring about in the school districts will come to an[d] (sic) end."
DeVore is asking for damages in excess of $50k.
Read the Complaint below: