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News and columns from Illinois.

UPDATED: Man who threatened Chicago gay bars recaptured

CHICAGO — The Chicago Tribune on Thursday reported that Shane Sleeper, 31, who had been accused of threatening gay bars in Chicago, as released on Tuesday night.

The newspaper reported that the release was accidental and that Sleeper is still at large.

From the Tribune:

Sleeper was arrested in February and initially charged with misdemeanor charges of obstructing and resisting a peace officer, according to Cara Smith, policy chief for Cook County Sherif Tom Dart. In one of his threats, Sleeper allegedly said “Orlando will come to Chicago,’’ an apparent reference to the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla.

Illinois Senate passes LGBTQ curriculum bill

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois State Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would required the inclusion of LGBTQ contributions to the history curriculum in schools. Equality Illinois said in an announcement that the Inclusive Curriculum Bill, SB 3249, had passed the Senate with a 34-18 vote. Two Republicans joined all Senate Democrats in voting for…

Christopher Clark named TPAN CEO

CHICAGO — TPAN announced on Tuesday that Christopher Clark had been hired as chief executive officer. He’ll start April 30.

TPAN is a social service agency for those living with HIV in the Chicago area. Clark joins TPAN following more than a decade of service at Lambda Legal. Since 2016, Clark has served as Lambda Legal’s Midwest Regional Director, responsible for the management of the Chicago office and the coordination of fundraising and public policy strategies in a 10-state Midwest region.

Howard Brown looking for transgender stories

CHICAGO — Howard Brown Health Center in Chicago is writing a book on transgender aging with the hope of helping healthcare providers provide better care to trans, GNC and gender queer older adults. The clinic is asking community members who are TGNC and 60 years old or older to write about their experience with using…

Mr. Chicago Leather 2018 this weekend

CHICAGO — The Mr. Chicago Leather 2018 contest will be this weekend, with the main events being held at the Leather Archives & Museum. The judges for this year are: Mr. ICON Detroit 2017 Joey Dinello Mr. Illinois Bear 2017 Freddy Miranda Mr. Midwest Rubber 2017 Pup Link International Mister Leather 2017 Ralph Bruneau Gerald…