Illinois Senate Adopts Resolution Labeling Neo-Nazi Groups As Terrorists

Illinois Sen. Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, left, listens to fellow lawmakers during a news conference at the Illinois State Capitol Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, in Springfield, Ill. A number of lawmakers want to increase the ... Illinois Sen. Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, left, listens to fellow lawmakers during a news conference at the Illinois State Capitol Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, in Springfield, Ill. A number of lawmakers want to increase the share of clean energy purchased in Illinois with a bill they say will bring jobs to the state. The clean jobs bill calls for increasing state renewable energy standards to 35 percent by 2030 and establishes a strategy for reducing carbon pollution from Illinois power plants. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman) MORE LESS
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August 14, 2017 9:21 a.m.

In response to violence at a white supremacists rally in Charlottesville, Va. Saturday — in which a self-proclaimed member of the racist group drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one — the Illinois state Senate adopted a resolution Sunday that takes a hard stance on white supremacy and neo-Nazi groups.

The resolution urges law enforcement officials to label white nationalist groups and neo-Nazis as terrorist organizations, according to the Chicago Tribune.

State Sen. Don Harmon (D), who sponsored the resolution, said it was “vital” to stand up and condemn the “hatred, bigotry and violence” that white nationalists displayed over the weekend.

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“They are the heirs of the Ku Klux Klan and the Nazis. We fought two bloody wars in opposition to their ideologies. We must continue to fight those same twisted ideologies today,” he tweeted Sunday. “Diversity has always and will always make America stronger and better.”

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