Article linked below describing incident, but here's the summary:
About two weeks ago, an artist named Joshua Hawkins was contacted by a man identifying himself only as "Nate" who stated that he owned a building in Peoria and he wanted Hawkins to paint a mural on one of the external walls. He offered him a good (undisclosed) amount of money--paid 50% up front and would pay the rest upon completion. "Nate" also bought all the paint.
Hawkins and his crew finished the mural shortly after Thanksgiving, which depicted Cookie Monster from "Sesame Street" standing before a Peoria skyline. Underneath, Russian letters say, according to a Google translation, something like "World. Earth. Cookies." (ETA: or, as u/nikanokoi suggested below, it's perhaps better translated to say," Peace. Earth. Cookies." and which u/SeeEss20 suggested may be a take on the Bolshevik / Lenin slogan ‘Peace, Land and Bread’.) "Nate" had hired a graphic artist to do a mock-up of the mural that Hawkins then painted on the wall. "Nate" met Hawkins at the finished job site and and paid him the remainder of the agreed-upon money.
Shortly afterward, the true owner of the building, Nate Comte, returned home and saw the mural and was furious. He did not commission this mural and Hawkins admits that Comte is not the "Nate" with whom he met. Comte has since painted over the mural with white paint. He says he will not press charges against Hawkins. Unfortunately, Comte has received a lot of angry backlash for painting over the mural.
One final note that is mentioned in the article: the same building on which the mural was painted has also had campaign signs for a now-deceased Peoria city councilman, Gary Sandberg, popping up. Comte apparently keeps taking the signs down but they keep reappearing.
Questions for consideration:
Who is "Nate" and what is he playing at?
Is "Nate" the same person as whoever is putting the campaign signs up on the property?
Should Hawkins be held accountable in any way for what happened?
Links for more information: https://www.pjstar.com/story/news/columns/luciano/2020/12/07/peoria-artist-says-mystery-man-hired-him-paint-massive-mural/3855003001/