No answer yet from defendants in Cahokia political firings suit

Amelia Flood Sep. 22, 2010, 8:23am

Four trustees of the Cahokia water district have yet to answer a suit brought against them in February by several former workers.

The workers, Peggy Pierce, Isaac Turner, Marcus Luster and Dennis Traiteur Jr., filed suit Feb. 11 alleging the defendants fired them for supporting other candidates in an election.

The trustees named as defendants in the suit are Marilyn Stringfellow, Carolyn Touchette, Mike Millatti and Erma Millard as well as the Commonfields of Cahokia Public Water District.

The plaintiffs claim that after supporting the defendants' opponents in an election and working for them, the plaintiffs were fired from their jobs with the water district.

The suit claims that the firings damaged their reputations and violated their constitutional rights.

The firings occurred in September 2009.

The 11 count suit seeks a judgment in excess of $150,000, reinstatement to their former jobs and other relief.

Robert Sprague represents the plaintiffs.

No attorney is listed as yet for the defendants.

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert LeChien presides.

The case is St. Clair case number 10-L-61.

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