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Black Caucus office tagged with racial graffiti
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Published: 8/1/2009 12:00 AM

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SPRINGFIELD -- Authorities in Springfield have revealed that someone recently marked an office of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus with racial graffiti.

State Rep. Esther Golar, a Chicago Democrat, said Friday that the graffiti -- a single word in one area and a phrase in another -- were discovered as the organization's secretary left work at the office near the Statehouse last week.

Springfield Deputy Police Chief Clay Dowis, says the incident, listed as a criminal defacement and hate crime, occurred between July 22 and 24th. He says it is under investigation.

Golar, who is House chair of the black caucus, says the full caucus has 30 members, including 20 from the House and 10 from the Senate.