State Rep. Margo McDermed, R-Mokena, put out a statement Monday condemning swastikas found drawn on public signs in Mokena earlier this month.
The swastikas were found Feb. 3 and reported to the Mokena police. Police Chief Steven Vaccaro said the graffiti was quickly removed, and the area was canvassed. He suspected children with spray cans had drawn the Nazi symbols. Some kids on bicycles were seen in the area. Vaccaro said there were no witnesses who saw the swastikas actually being drawn.
“The 37th District is home to so many good people of all colors and creeds,” McDermed said. “Unfortunately, we are not immune to bad actors and hateful acts. They do not represent us or our community.”
A similar incident occurred in October 2017, but no one was apprehended for it.
“I condemn the vandalizing of public and private property with symbols of hate,” she said.
McDermed also said she has co-sponsored “numerous” resolutions condemning white supremacy and hate groups.
“I will continue to stand against hate and division in our society, as I am sure the vast majority of our residents do,” she said.
The Southwest Suburban Activists group, which helped bring attention to the graffiti, thanked McDermed for “taking these hateful acts seriously.”