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2013: The Year The Klan Came To New Lenox

The Ku Klux Klan swung by town long enough to drop off some fliers but don't seem to have stuck around.

A photo submitted by William J. Spears, the "Imperial Kaltrop" of the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
A photo submitted by William J. Spears, the "Imperial Kaltrop" of the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
Remember when some guy with the Ku Klux Klan said the hate group was having "great success" recruiting new members from New Lenox? Well, that was the most-read story on New Lenox Patch in 2013.

KKK guy William J. Spears went on to say that the Klan was going to operate as a sort of neighborhood watch in New Lenox.

"They have nothing to be afraid of," Spears said of the people of New Lenox. "I think they should feel very safe the Klan is conducting neighborhood watches."

Not only did the Klan capture the top spot in the most-read New Lenox Patch stories of 2013, it also came in third when residents came forward after finding fliers distributed by Spears' group in their driveways.

Here's the rest of the New Lenox Patch Top 10, sans Klan:
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Joe McWillson January 01, 2014 at 11:45 AM
Nothing would shame our community more than having hate at our doorstep.
Flora Dora January 01, 2014 at 01:03 PM
You are right, Joe. No matter how they "whitewash" it the KKK is a hate-filled group.
Stacey Cannon January 02, 2014 at 07:54 PM
Has anyone here met a member of KKK? We are not in the 60's anymore. No one was hung during their visit. I think its time people stop living in the past and start informing themselves on what is going on TODAY. Right now. I am not racist nor a part of KKK but there is a stance they believe, which I also believe. You hear more about Black Panthers than KKK. Why talk smack like it was back in the day when Democrats were running it exclusively?
Joe McWillson January 02, 2014 at 07:59 PM
So, Stacy, what exactly do you have on common with the KKK??? I hope and pray I don't have a thing in common with them. African Americans gave enriched thus country just like everybody else

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