Category: Central Illinois

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

Police investigate armed robbery near Decatur gay bar

DECATUR — Decatur police are investigating an armed robbery near Ken’s A-line on Saturday, Oct. 13. Decatur television station WAND-TV reported that police were called to the bar on East Eldorado Street late Saturday night after a man and a woman were robbed at gunpoint while smoking outside the back door of bar. The man…

Queering the Latinx Community – Keynote at Illinois State

NORMAL — Juniperangelica will be speaking at the Professional Development Annex in Normal this coming Thursday. Their keynote is sponsored by the Association of Latin American Students, ISU Pride and Diversity Advocacy. From the Facebook event: Join ALAS and Pride in welcoming Juniperangelica Cordova to campus. Juniperangelica Cordova is a translatina organizer from Los Angeles, Ca. Rooted…

Dining With Friends raffle winners announced

PEORIA — Central Illinois Friends announced the winners of their Dining with Friends raffle on a live Facebook video on Tuesday. The winners are: $25 to W.E. Sullivan’s Irish Pub and Fare – Jessica Johnson $25 to Sullivan’s Irish Pub – Debra Gonzales $50 to Scapecchi’s Supper Club – Tamara Fulton Overall winner for 2…

HomeComingOUT at Heartland Community College

NORMAL — The Heartland Activities Committee, Pride and Student Library Advisory Community will be hosting a HomeComingOUT dance on Oct. 13 at Heartland Community College Cafe. From the Facebook event: Come join Heartland Activities Committee, Pride and Student Library Advisory Committee on its first annual HomeComingOUT Dance at Heartland Community College! This event is open…

New Central Illinois Bear, Cub sashed in Peoria

PEORIA — Mateo Martinez won Central Illinois Bear 2018 and Justin Reeves won Central Illinois Cub on Saturday, Sept. 29, in Peoria. The annual contest was hosted by the River City Bears at Blondies. Other sponsoring businesses included The Jackhammer Complex, Leather 64TEN, and Club Diesel. The emcee was Chicago entertainer Diamond Richards Devereaux. Martinez…

Mr. Central Illinois Bear 2018 Contest this weekend

PEORIA — The River City Bears of Peoria are holding their annual Central Illinois Bear contest this weekend at Blondies in Peoria. The contest is open to guys throughout Central Illinois including Peoria, Bloomington, Galesburg, Springfield, Decatur and Champaign/Urbana. People can enter in either the Bear portion or the Cub portion. The winners will go on…

LGBTQI+ Spirituality Forum Oct. 16 at ISU

Please join us from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16 in the ISU Bone Student Center Old Main Room for a spirituality forum hosted by the Prairie Pride Coalition which will acknowledge how members of the LGBTQIA+ community have been harmed by religion, and how some faith traditions are seeking change, reconciliation, and healing.

Dinner with Friends raises money in Central Illinois

PEORIA — Central Illinois Friends (CIF) held one of their Dinner with Friends tours in Peoria this week. So far, according to Deric Tucker Kimler of Central Illinois Friends, 130 people showing up for the restaurant visits, with up to 75 people attending at a single location. At the halfway point, after four host-your-own events and eight…