Racist graffiti removed from I-290

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

The Illinois Department of Transportation recently covered up racist graffiti on a south-facing wall along the Eisenhower Expressway near the Oak Park Avenue Blue Line stop, according to Oak Park Public Works Director John Wielebnicki.

The offending graffiti, which appeared to have been on the concrete retaining wall long enough to be incomprehensibly faded read "White Power."

Recently elected Oak Park Library Board member Virginia Bloom-Scheirer, who reported the graffiti, said in an email: "I take that line into work most days. It was not a great way to start or end my day."

Wielebnicki said the village typically handles graffiti found on public property in the village, while IDOT covers graffiti found on state roadways. He said graffiti found in the village can be reported to Oak Park Community Relations Director Cedric Melton at 708-358-5429. 

Melton did not return a phone call requesting an interview.

Timothy Inklebarger

Email: tim@oakpark.com

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