Two statues outside the Capitol have been removed. Pierre Menard was the state's first lieutenant governor and owned enslaved people. Stephen A. Douglas, foe of Abraham Lincoln, profited from a family plantation. House Speaker Michael Madigan had asked over the summer for them to go. Many Springfield residents had asked for the same. Over the weekend, the statues were removed to be put in storage. No replacements are on the immediate horizon. The Office of the Architect of the Capitol board, a small legislative group, had met in August to discuss the development after the speaker's remarks. It's still not clear what will happen to a statue of Martin Luther King Jr. across the street from the Capitol. Some have called for it to be moved to the Statehouse lawn. The board discussed a potential redo of it. Robert Moore of Springfield, retired U.S. Marshal and longtime member of the Springfield chapter of Frontiers International, had successfully advocated in the early '90s to have the statue more prominently placed, and prefers the current location. He said the board of white men should seek public comment about the decision. "We see no diversity on that board," Moore said.  

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