Proviso School Board President Emanuel "Chris" Welch has sued blogger Carl Nyberg, publisher of the filthy, trashy weblog provisoprobe.blogspot.com, for defamation of character. Nyberg seems to dedicate his blog to trashing the Proviso Board President, and he recently posted a story on his blog accusing the school board president of being involved in criminal wrong doing. Welch responded with a lawsuit and sought a restraining order in Cook County Circuit Court before Judge Martin Agran. At a hearing held on Wednesday, Judge Agran agreed that the post written by Nyberg appeared defamatory. Specifically, Judge Agran stated that 1) Welch has a protectable right to his reputation, 2) Welch will suffer irreparable injury to his reputation if the post is allowed to stand, 3) Welch demonstrated a likelihood of success on the merits, and 4) that there is no adequate remedy at law. After making his findings, Judge Agran ordered Nyberg to take the defamatory statements off his blog by Midnight on Wednesday, July 16, 2008. The case against Nyberg will continue in court, and now Nyberg faces the possibility of a preliminary injunction, a trial, and awarding Welch money damages for the injuries that he has caused Welch.
Nyberg even admitted in open court that he uses his blog to diminish Welch's reputation in Proviso Township. However, shortly after 5pm, Nyberg had already taken the defamatory post down. His failure to do so could have resulted in Welch seeking contempt charges against him.
Prior to the hearing, Nyberg reportedly sent an email to Welch's attorneys indicating that he would take the post down if Welch paid him $25,000. Wow!
Nyberg is an active member of a political organization headed by State Representative Karen Yarbrough, Larry Shapiro, Charles Flowers, Theresa Kelly, and Della Patterson. They vocally oppose and defame Chris Welch, Eugene "Gene" Moore, Ronald Serpico, Grady Rivers and Anthony Calderone on a regular basis.