Category: Central Illinois

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

Ken’s A-Frame closing in Decatur

DECATUR — Ken’s A-Frame, the only LGBTQ bar still in Decatur, closes after tonight. The news came from an announcement by bartender Michael Cox on Facebook. Cox said that the bar owners are in their 80s and were wanting to retire. The building has been sold and tonight will be the last night the bar…

RENT ticket fundraiser for Phoenix Center in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD — Thanks to the generosity of the University of Illinois-Springfield’s Sangamon Auditorium, the Phoenix Center is selling tickets to the January 30 performance of “Rent.” From the Facebook event: UIS Performing Art Services / Sangamon Auditorium has offered The Phoenix Center a block of 56 amazing mezzanine seats for the 20th Anniversary performance of…

ACLU of Illinois: School officials must not limit ability of students to discuss sexual orientation

CHICAGO — Discussions of sexual orientation and gender identity are appropriate topics for middle school students, and schools should not limit such discussions in the lunchroom or hallways, or during time when students are not receiving instruction. This is the central point of a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois to the…

Decatur Pride to have planning meeting in January

DECATUR — Decatur Pride will have its next organizational meeting at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Decatur on Jan. 9. From the Facebook event: We will be planning Pride Fest 2019! We will be picking a venue (likely Central Park or Nelson Park) for 2019 Pride Fest, choosing the date (between early…

Drag Queen Story Hour in Peoria this weekend

PEORIA — Lit. on Fire Used Books in Peoria will be the host of a Drag Queen Story Hour this weekend. From the Facebook event: Join us on Saturday, December 22nd at 1 pm for our second OFFICIAL Drag Queen Story Hour! Artemisia (or Miss Arty) will lead story hour, and afterwards she will be available…

Conservatives are still freaking out about the ‘Snaketivity,’ now protesting at capitol

SPRINGFIELD — Yet another conservative group is up in arms about the display the Satanic Temple of Chicago put in the Illinois State Capitol rotunda. This time a group that claims to be Catholic. The State Journal-Register reported that the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) went to the statehouse…