JOLIET – Will County Board Speaker Jim Moustis has filed an order of protection in Will County Circuit Court against Armella Frankowski, of Mokena.
According to Will County jail records, Frankowski, 79, was booked at 12:31 p.m. Thursday and released at 1:18 p.m. She was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of battery/causing bodily harm.
A news release from the Will County Board distributed Friday afternoon states that Moustis, a Republican, filed an order of protection against "a woman after being verbally and physically attacked after the December county board meeting."
"The incident occurred outside the county board room and was witnessed by other board members and sheriff's deputies," the news release stated.
"I have filed for an order of protection not only for my own safety, but also the safety of this woman and those that attend county meetings," Moustis said in the release. "My hope is justice will be served, and this woman will get the help she needs."
Circuit court files online indicate that attorney Ragan Freitag is representing Moustis, 67, of Frankfort Township, in the case. Freitag is also a Will County Board member.
Moustis, Freitag and Frankowski were all at the Will County Board meeting Thursday.
Calls to Moustis, Freitag and Will County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer were not returned Friday.
There is a hearing scheduled for 11 a.m. Jan. 4.
Frankowski often signs up to speak during the public comment portion of Will County Board meetings and has occasionally shouted during board proceedings, sometimes mentioning Moustis by name.
On Thursday, Frankowski signed up to speak during public comment but was not in the Will County Board Room when Will County Executive Larry Walsh Sr. announced it was time for public comment. As the meeting neared its end, Frankowski could be seen outside the board room doors but did not speak.
A Herald-News reporter was at the meeting but left before the incident occurred.
According to Will County Circuit Court records, Frankowski has been involved in numerous order of protection cases – some in which she is a plaintiff and some in which she is a defendant.
The county board's news release stated the Will County State's Attorney's Office is already reviewing past footage of meetings that document Frankowski's "erratic and unpredictable behavior."