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Will County Board members speak out against hate acts

Will County Board members condemned the drawing of swastikas on public street signs in Mokena on Feb. 3, 2019.
Will County Board members condemned the drawing of swastikas on public street signs in Mokena on Feb. 3, 2019.

Members of the Will County Board recently spoke out against and condemned “instances of racism, religious intolerance and xenophobia that have recently been witnessed throughout the Chicago area and in Will County.”

This came not long after swastikas were found spray-painted on public street signs in Mokena.

“As a county board, we are responsible for protecting the health and safety of the residents of Will County,” board Speaker Denise Winfrey said in a news release. “Hatred, whether of race, religion or sexual orientation is dangerous. Our county will not tolerate it in any of our communities.”

The two board members who represent a nearby district also spoke.

“These kinds of hate have no place in Will County, or Illinois,” Amanda Koch, D-Frankfort, said in the release. “Our county is a diverse one, and we celebrate that diversity because it makes us stronger.”

“There is no place for symbols or acts of hate in our communities,” said Jim Moustis, R-Frankfort.

The board insisted it works to promote inclusiveness and equality.

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