Prairie Pride Coalition celebrates 25 years

BLOOMINGTON — The Prairie Pride Coalition (PPC) is celebrating 25 years with a slate of projects and activities.

The organization began in November 1995, when local activists gathered at the Bistro, a local restaurant, to organize around the effort to convince the Bloomington and Normal city councils to add sexual orientation protections to their human rights ordinances. It took time, but the two cities did amend their ordinances to include protections for LGBTQ people in the areas of employment, public accommodations, housing, and financial transactions.

Illinois passes 11K COVID-19 deaths

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Wednesday reported 8,922 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19, including 140 additional deaths.