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Illinois city to pay $225,000 over noose incident
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Published: 6/27/2010 12:00 AM

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SPRINGFIELD -- The city of Springfield will pay a $225,000 settlement to an employee who says a noose was hung at his workplace.

Officials decided Friday to pay Mike Williams who worked as a water works operator at City Water, Light & Power over a July 2009 incident.

He's agreed to quit and not sue.

Williams, who is black, discovered what he thought was a noose at his workstation.

Nooses are emblematic of Jim Crow-era lynchings.

In a police report, two white employees say the rope wasn't meant to have racial overtones. One says he tied a piece of rope into a "sportsman knot" to pass the time while another says he hung it nearby to move it out of the way.

Both were suspended without pay for 60 days but weren't charged.

Williams says he decided to quit and wants to move on.