Category: Eastern Illinois

News and events from Eastern Illinois, generally around Champaign/Urbana and along the Indiana border.

Swastika found at U of I English Building

URBANA — A swastika was found in the bathroom of the English Building at the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana, local media reported Wednesday. It was the second incidence in a month. The News-Gazette of Champaign/Urbana reported that the swastika was found Monday drawn on a wall inside a men’s restroom at the English Building at 608…

Holiday with the Queens on Dec. 8 in Urbana

URBANA — The UP Center of Champaign County will be hosting a youth drag competition with Arcadia Cafe on Saturday, Dec. 8. From the Facebook event: Ages 11-17 Come on out and celebrate the winter season with some queens and kings! There will be a YOUTH DRAG COMPETITION, so arrive in some looks! Attendees will…

Tickets available for GCAP’s Holiday Supper on Dec. 2

CHAMPAIGN — The Greater Community AIDS Project of Eastern Illinois announced Monday that tickets are available for their Holiday Supper on Dec. 2. Enjoy appetizers and cash bar followed by a supper buffet featuring beef and salmon. For fun there will be a 50/50 drawing, gift card/wine grab bags, and live music. All proceeds will go to…

Champaign County elects state’s first gay sheriff

CHAMPAIGN — Among the many other firsts nationwide this election day, one was made in eastern Illinois- Champaign County elected the state’s first openly gay county sheriff. Dustin Heuerman, who ran as a Democrat, is a first-time office holder. He held an interview with local TV station WCIA about the transition to taking office. From…

We Have Always Been Here: A History of the Two Spirit Movement, Nov. 1

URBANA — The Native American House at University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana, will be hosting a presentation in association with the LGBT Resource Center at the Illini Union. From the Facebook event: In collaboration of LBGT History Month and the beginning of Native November, LBGT Resource Center and the Native American House will host this presentation which…

Artist Talk: We Define Ourselves Exhibit by Ryan Young, Nov. 2

CHAMPAIGN — The Native American House at the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana is hosting an artist talk at the Women’s Resource Center on Friday, Nov. 2. From the Facebook event: Ryan (Lac du Flambeau) is a multi-disciplinary two-spirit artist completing their BFA in studio arts at IAIA, their work focuses on the intersections of culture, gender…