Category: Central Illinois

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

Peoria Pridefest starts planning for 2019

PEORIA — Peoria Pridefest is starting the planning for next year’s event with a meeting this Saturday, Dec. 8. From Peoria Pridefest’s Facebook post: One Voice, your Central Illinois LGBT Alliance is trying to plan Peoria Pridefest 2019, and we need engaged and energetic PEOPLE to make that happen! I won’t sugar-coat our needs…and we…

Peoria issues proclamation for World AIDS Day

PEORIA — The Peoria City Council this week issued a proclamation setting Dec. 1 as World AIDS Day in Peoria. Sid Ruckriegel, at-large councilmember, made the presentation to Jonathan Harwood, board member of Central Illinois Friends of PWA, and Deric Tucker Kimler, the executive director. “The proclamation schedule was set before I chaired the meeting,” Ruckriegel…

Phoenix Center Ugly Holiday Sweater Party

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield’s Phoenix Center will be hosting an “ugly holiday sweater” party fundraiser at the Magic Kitchen on Monday, Dec. 10. From the Facebook event: Each year we assemble a group of the most hideous holiday sweaters imaginable! The person with the most votes wins the “Ugliest Holiday Sweater” title. Also, bring a “LGBT…

Decatur holds Transgender Day of Remembrance event

DECATUR — Decatur residents came together this past Sunday for a Transgender Day or Remembrance (TDOR) service. The Decatur Herald & Review said that the event was held at the First Congregational Church. The service was one of many being held across Illinois this week. TDOR is on Nov. 20, but Mark Schleeter, president of…

Andrea Gibson at the Decatur Public Library, Dec. 3

DECATUR — Author Andrea Gibson will do a reading at the Decatur Public Library on Monday, Dec. 3. From the Facebook event: Join us at the Decatur Public Library’s Madden Auditorium to celebrate Andrea Gibson’s new collection LORD OF THE BUTTERFLIES. The evening will feature a reading by Andrea following by a Q&A led by…