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‘White Lives Matter’ flyers spread from East Peoria to McLean County

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CENTRAL ILLINOIS (WEEK) - Dozens of Central Illinois towns were surprised to see white supremist propaganda show up in their front yard on Monday. Small sandwich bags with rocks to weigh them down and folded flyers were tossed into driveways and yards from East Peoria to over 70 miles away in Fairbury.

Police Departments took complaints and reports all day Monday, some like Eureka instructing people to simply throw them away. But many people posting about it on social media, were too worried for their own safety to speak out about it publicly.

Some flyers read "No White Guilt" at the top while others read "White Lives Matter." Either way, Matthew Cover of East Peoria said the blatant display of racism is "Disheartening, it's frustrating."

Cover, who is of Jewish descent, said he was taking his dog for a walk Monday when he noticed several sandwich bags in neighboring yards.

"Obviously i realized that it was like a anti-Semitic kind of white supremist type material," he said.

He wasn't the only one to be alarmed. East Peoria residents reported many of these flyers to police. Others in Germantown Hills, Washington, Eureka, El Paso, Chenoa, and Fairbury reported flyers there as well.

"You should care about people and not want to harm them regardless of what they believe or don't believe or what their ethnic background is," added Cover.

Police are asking for surveillance footage of any suspicious vehicles that may have been tossing the flyers into yards and driveways. Several witnesses, including Cover, said they saw a dark colored small pickup truck driving through neighborhoods.

Kyle Beachy

Kyle Beachy is a Multimedia Journalist for 25 News and Heart of Illinois. Born and raised in Kokomo, Indiana, he attended Indiana Wesleyan University where he studied Education and played baseball. He comes to us from Columbus, Ohio where he received a Master’s Degree from The Ohio State University.

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