Mokena Street Signs Defaced With Swastikas

Andy Dahn
February 04, 2019 - 3:55 pm

MOKENA (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- For the second time since 2017, disturbing graffiti has been spotted in downtown Mokena.

A woman who identified herself as Heidi made the discovery at First and Midland Avenue while out for a weekend walk with her family.

"My daughter actually spotted it first," she said. "She said, 'Mom, look. It's one of those bad signs again.'"

Those “bad signs” were swastikas, spray-painted on street signs near the village hall.

"This is a message saying that they don't want people that are different in their town."

Heidi said this isn't the first time the area has been tagged with hateful images. Swastikas were also found in October 2017.

"Marginalized groups are feeling threatened," she said. "I hate saying that this is happening so much, but we need to do more to put a stop to it. We need to speak up more against it."

Village officials tell WBBM the graffiti was quickly removed.

They're asking anyone with security camera footage from the area to contact police.