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CORAL doing another tiny pantry drive

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield's Coalition of Rainbow Alliances (CORAL) is holding another food drive for its mini-food pantries. CORAL will be collecting non-perishable food items for the pantries again this Saturday. Collection will be in front of the First Church of the Brethren, 2115 Yale Blvd in Springfiled, no matter the weather. Similar to tiny libraries, micro pantries are small display cases that are available for anyone to give or take what's inside. Instead of books, tiny pantries offer food for anyone in need.

Kinzinger calling out religious Trump supporters

CHANNAHON — U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Channahon) has continued his streak of calling out anyone still supporting Trump. Kinzinger, who was elected as a Tea Party supporter, has been very vocal about his opposition to Trump, especially since November. Which has separated him from other Illinois Republicans in Congress who have largely supported the President, even including opposing certification of the Electoral College vote last week after the U.S. Capitol riot. He took specific aim at religious leaders, especially

Clock Inc. starting support groups back up

ROCK ISLAND — Clock, Inc., the LGBTQ community center in the Quad Cities, will be restarting their support groups on Monday, Jan. 18. In a Facebook post, the organization said that social distance would be enforced and masks are required. However, to would have masks available for those who need them. Upcoming support groups are: Monday, Jan. 18: Middle School Group - 4:30-5:30pm Tuesday, Jan. 19: Transgender/Nonbinary Group- 6:00-7:00pm Wednesday, Jan. 20: Parents & Allies Group- 6:00-7:00pm Thursday,

State attorneys general condemn U.S. Capitol riot

CHICAGO — Attorneys general from states, territories and the District of Columbia have sent a letter to Acting U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen condemning last week's U.S. Capitol riot. Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul was one of the 50 officials signing the letter. The letter reads: “We, the undersigned state attorneys general, are committed to the protection of public safety, the rule of law, and the U.S. Constitution. We are appalled that on January 6, 2021, rioters invaded the U.S. Capitol, defaced

Howard Brown Health condemns last-minute HHS rule

CHICAGO — Howard Brown Health (HBH), the largest LGBTQ health system in the state, condemned the new rule published this week allowing Health and Human Services (HHS) to discriminate against LGBTQ people. "As we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, which has taken the lives of over 375,000 Americans to date, the last thing that HHS should be doing is finalizing a dangerous rule that could make accessing necessary services even more difficult for marginalized communities," HBH said in a statement on their website.

Illinois reps vote on Trump impeachment

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois' representatives to the U.S. House of Representatives voted on the Trump impeachment. Except for one vote, it broke down on party lines. The House impeached Trump. Trump is the only U.S. President to be impeached twice. U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Channahon) was the one Illinois Republican to vote to impeach, joining Illinois' Democrats who all voted yes. "It was a sobering moment to vote in support of impeachment today; to walk over to the U.S. Capitol, our symbol of democracy, and recall

Equality Illinois congratulates new Illinois House Speaker Emanuel Welch

CHICAGO — Equality Illinois congratulated State Rep. Emanuel "Chris" Welch (D-Westchester) for being elected speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives. The State Journal-Register reported that Welch won the speakership with 70 votes. He also becomes the first Black House Speaker in Illinois. “Equality Illinois congratulates Rep. Welch on his historic election today as Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives," said Equality Illinois CEO Brian C. Johnson. "From Marriage Equality in 2013 to the

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