LAKE BLUFF — Police are seeking community help in identifying the perpetrator or perpetrators of racist and anti-semitic graffiti spray painted in the Tangley Oaks subdivision and on West Blodgett Avenue in Lake Bluff October 22, according to Police Chief David Belmonte.
The graffiti included swastikas, the “n” word, and other derogatory language directed at Jews and African-Americans and was in found in four different areas of the neighborhood, including on a road, a tree and at the end of a driveway, Belmonte told DailyNorthShore.
“It does not appear the graffiti targeted any single person,” said Belmonte in a news release from the village. “We should all view this as an assault on our values as a community. This hateful act has no place in our town and will not be tolerated.”
The graffiti was removed by the Lake Bluff Public Works Department, according to the release. Belmonte said there were no surveillance cameras in the area but there is a thorough investigation.
Other Lake Bluff officials are stressing anti-Semitism and racism have no place in town.
“All of us must embrace and adhere to the guiding principles which define us as a community,” Village President Kathy O’Hara said in the release, citing the current discussion in the village about short-term real estate rentals. “There is no other way.”
During the meeting of the Village Board of Trustees October 23 at Village Hall, O’Hara talked about the village’s guiding principles in the strategic plan, such as taking personal responsibility for the quality of the community, acting with integrity, demonstrating kindness, neighborliness and concern for others along with inclusiveness and respect of civility in all matters.
“The Village Board is very concerned about what happened Sunday,” O’Hara said in the release. “While the graffiti appears to be a random act it is still nothing other than repugnant. This crime is completely inconsistent with who we are as a community and the direction we are heading. There is no place for it. Period.”
Belmonte asks anyone with information about the graffiti to contact the police at 847-234-8760, extension five.