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Hate Has No Home Here: Police Department Investigating Antisemitic Graffiti

March 12, 2024 -- On Monday, March 11, the City of Highland Park was notified that graffiti depicting a swastika was found at Millard Park. The Park District of Highland Park took immediate action to remove the graffiti, and the Police Department is actively investigating this incident. Individuals with information regarding this antisemitic graffiti are encouraged to call the public safety non-emergency line at 847.432.7730. The City stands in solidarity with our Jewish community in denouncing all acts of antisemitism.

Hate-motivated acts have no place in our community and are antithetical to our values. As a community, we stand firmly behind our Statement Against Hate:

Hate has no home in Highland Park. The City strives to embody our inclusive and affirming values as an open and welcoming community. The City of Highland Park strongly opposes prejudice, bias, hostility, discrimination or violence against individuals based on their race, religion, ethnicity, nationality, immigration status, gender, or gender identity. The City unequivocally condemns any racist, xenophobic, misogynistic, antisemitic, anti-LGBTQ+, ableist, or otherwise hate-motived groups or individuals who threaten any form of violence towards, harassment, or discrimination against our residents, visitors, students, or City staff. This behavior is never acceptable.

Recognizing the critical responsibility of responding swiftly to safeguard our community from hate, the City of Highland Park will take every possible action to ensure that residents, workers, students, and visitors will not face discrimination or harassment. Hate crimes and violence have no place in our city, state, or country and will not be tolerated. If a report of such a hate crime is received in Highland Park, the City’s Police Department will thoroughly investigate, in partnership with appropriate partner agencies, to ensure the continued safety of our community.

It is essential that our community stand together in denouncing all acts of bigotry and violence in accordance with our values. Hate has no home in Highland Park or anywhere.