Police are investigating a burning cross that was found Saturday in a black man’s yard in the 3600 block of Sheridan.
Police said a neighbor had seen the 5-foot cross about 11 a.m. Saturday. The resident had not seen a cross when he got home at 1 a.m. the night before. The bottom of the cross burned, and racial slurs were written on it with a black permanent marker.
This was the first reported cross burning in Illinois this year, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate activity throughout the country. Police couldn’t recall any similar activity in recent memory, Capt. Donald R. Sax said.
Officials have advised the local FBI office about the case.