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Bill Jones, Editor
1:29 pm CST January 8, 2020

The Council on American-Islamic Relations is calling for law enforcement to investigate the distribution of Ku Klux Klan materials recently distributed in Orland Park.

A Muslim resident reported to CAIR — a nationwide Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization — that anti-Semitic, racist and white supremacist materials produced by the Loyal White Knights of the KKK were found in the driveways of “a number” of homes on Jan. 5.

The materials reportedly listed a KKK phone line, web address and mailing address in North Carolina. The materials were reported to both local police and the FBI, according to CAIR.

Orland Park Police Lt. Ken Rosinski said police took “a couple” complaints that day about materials being dropped on driveways in the north area of Orland Park, between 135th and 143rd streets. Orland Park has seen complaints of similar materials typically recorded once or twice a year, he said.

Rosinski added that no direct threats were made in the recent materials.

“It’s just hate speech, is what it is,” he said of the content. “It’s unfortunate.”

A press release issued Jan. 8 by the Village clarified three homes in town received the “hate literature,” which was delivered in plastic bags containing three different cards and flyers.

In the press release, Police Chief Tim McCathy said the delivery appeared to be “random,” and Mayor Keith Pekau issued a statement saying he “strongly condemns this message and any message that promotes hate of any kind.”

Residents receiving any unlawful solicitation are asked to call police on the non-emergency line at (708) 349-4111.