Sponsor Plans to Soften Apology for Illinois' Treatment of Mormons

By: 23 Newsroom
By: 23 Newsroom

Last week, the Illinois House apologized for the state's treatment of Mormons more than a century ago. Now, the sponsor wants to take back the apology, sort of.

Rep. Jack Franks says he is introducing a new resolution that simply expresses regret for the violence and harassments that drove thousands of Mormons out of Illinois in 1846.

It would drop a section asking for "the pardon and forgiveness" of Mormons.

The Woodstock Democrat says that part of the resolution might offend some people. He says it was supposed to be deleted before the original resolution was approved by voice vote.

Mormons built a huge settlement in Nauvoo during the 1840s but fled to Utah after church founder Joseph Smith was killed by a mob.

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