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News and columns from Illinois.

Prairie Pride Coalition recommends supporting BloNo Salvation Army branch

BLOOMINGTON — The Prairie Pride Coalition put up a statement on Saturday saying they could recommend supporting the local Salvation Army chapter during the holiday season. PPC made the announcement after talking with the leadership of the Bloomington/Normal Salvation Army. The PPC said this support extended only to the local organization, not the national one.…

Central Illinois school district says students discussing orientation is ‘disruptive’

GERMANTOWN HILLS — A principal in this Central Illinois school district sent a letter to parents “alerting” them that students discussing their orientation was “disruptive.” WMBD/WYZZ-TV in Peoria reported on the letter on Friday. From the stations’ website at CentralIllinoisProud.com: A letter signed by Principal Kate Williams, grades 5-8, reads ” This year, we have several…

MetroEast Pride holds fundraiser at Club Escapade

BELLEVILLE — MetroEast Pride held their December fundraiser at Club Escapade on Dec. 8. From their Facebook post: Our Metro East Pride December Fun(d)raiser was held on December 8, 2018 with all proceeds going back to MetroEast Pride. Thank you to all of our performers – InZanity Love GodsonofDrag, Mona Chase, Janida S. Love, MissLady LusciousDiva, Jameson-Micheal Hand, and our Entertainment…

SCOTUS rejects appeals to cut Planned Parenthood payments

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear appeals from two states that were sued to prevent them from cutting Planned Parenthood from their budgets. Louisiana and Kansas were wanting to cut their payments through Medicaid, Reuters reported. Even recent SCOTUS appointee Brett Kavanaugh voted to refuse the appeal. From Reuters: The…

Broadway Youth Center Supply Drive on Dec. 15

CHICAGO — The AIDS Foundation of Chicago will be hosting a supply drive for the Broadway Youth Center on Saturday, Dec. 15. From the Facebook event. AIDS Foundation of Chicago‘s Associate Board is back with another event to celebrate the holiday season! Anyone in the giving spirit? We sure are! Join us as we host…