Gurnee Says No Evidence of Reported Klan Activity

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Gurnee Says No Evidence of Reported Klan Activity


A number of the hate groups identified in Illinois by the Southern Poverty Law Center are located in the suburbs, including a Ku Klux Klan group in Gurnee labeled the Ku Klos Knights chapter.

But Gurnee police tell me they've gone to great pains and have found no evidence of Klan activity in the area for the past 30 years.

"We were notified that the Southern Poverty (Law) Center had identified a known and established KKK group in the area, and we got the investigations unit involved right away," Commander Brian Smith says.

Smith said the issue piqued his interest because he's been a member of the department for 18 years and never heard of the Klan being in the area.

A police investigation found nothing but a 1987 Chicago Tribune article that reported a canceled Klan rally in the area. Smith says police also enlisted the help of the Illinois State Police Statewide Terrorism and Intelligence Center, which was also unable to find any activity.

Request for removal:

The Southern Poverty Law Center's report, released earlier this month, identified 917 hate groups across the country -- 32 in Illinois alone.

Smith says Gurnee police contacted the center to find out more about the Klan information and to ask whether Gurnee could be removed from the list, but have heard nothing back yet.

In the meantime, he says, police will continue to monitor for Klan activity.

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