Vandals Target Illinois Library
Lady Liberty stood unharmed for decades on the grounds of the Benton Public Library, carrying a symbolic torch for freedom and bearing a pledge of "everlasting fidelity and loyalty." Today the replica Statue of Liberty, erected in 1950, stands minus four of the seven spikes in her crown, in front of a building marred by shattered and broken glass. Vandalism at the library occurred twice this month, most recently last weekend. Rocks or BBs shattered one glass door, while two windows were damaged.