Category: Central Illinois

News and events from the central portion of Illinois, generally Springfield, Peoria, Decatur and Bloomington.

LGBTQ civil rights org ask state fairgoers to support transgender troops

SPRINGFIELD — Equality Illinois is at the Illinois State Fair, which opened Thursday, seeking support from fairgoers against President Trump’s proposed ban on transgender people serving in the military. Fairgoers who stop by the Equality Illinois booth during the State Fair, which runs now through Aug. 20 in Springfield, will be able to sign a…

Peoria Munch, Aug. 12

PEORIA — Please join us for a night of food, fun…and golf! Mini Golf that is! The Peoria Munch will be held at Avanti’s on Knoxville at the North end of Peoria at 5 pm on Saturday, August 12th. If you RSVP here, you must also send a message to atomic_curves (that’s me, the creator…

Fetlife group mentioned in UofI abduction case

CHAMPAIGN — Fetlife, the popular fetish social media site, was mentioned in mainstream reporting of an abduction case at the University of Illinois at Champaign. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Monday reported that suspect Brendt Christensen was a member of the Abduction 101 group on Fet. From the Post-Dispatch: According to authorities, a website that hosted…

CornCon Update

PEORIA — So, this is still happening in less than three weeks. Where we are: – the amazing presenters are geared up – classes are on point! – the hotel is filling up – people are still registering – payments still need to be received (no payments accepted at door) – T shirts will be…

Delve in to CornCon 12 this summer

PEORIA — It’s time to Delve into CornCon 12!!! Time flies when you’re having fun so don’t let this year slip away! Come join us as we dive into our senses and explore beyond the gray. A one-day Conference in Corn Country! Education and exposure to different aspects of the lifestyle are not just important,…

Springfield holds first Pride Parade

SPRINGFIELD — The state capital held it’s first-ever Pride Parade on Saturday, May 20, the State Journal-Register reported. The parade went down Fifth Street after starting at Allen Street and ended in the downtown area at the site of the annual PrideFest festival. The event was sponsored by the Phoenix Center, Springfield’s gay community center. Organizers told…

Decatur Munch Announcement

DECATUR — I am excited that I can announce that there are great things happening in Decatur! This is the first of several changes coming in the near future. I and mine have hosted the Decatur Munch for several years, and as has been obvious to all, we have allowed the Munch and our community…

EqualityCon 2017, May 6

SPRINGFIELD — Join the Equality Illinois Institute for EqualityCon 2017 on May 6 in Springfield. EqualityCon brings together Illinois’ LGBTQ community and allies, progressive advocates, civic leaders, and community groups to train and share insights on how to make Illinois and the nation more just and equal. FRIDAY, May 5 EqualityCon Reception: Club Station House…