Rainbow Cafe’s Art Auction // COVID Burdens Prisons // Downstate Office For LGBT Chamber // Body Cam Grants // Pride Night In Bloomington-Normal

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Illinois’ LGBTQ Chamber opens “downstate” office SPRINGFIELD – Aiming to expand “advocacy, services, professional development, and products throughout the state and northwest Indiana,” the LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois is adding a “downstate” Springfield office to its Chicago headquarters, reports Windy City Times. The Springfield office, at 920 S. Spring Rd., is a pivotal step forward for a group whose roots began with 80 Chicago-area LGBT-owned or -friendly businesses. Founded in 1995 by Windy City Times co-founder Tracy Baum and Chicago-area activist Kevin Boyer, the LGBT Chamber now has…

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Fairfield under strife // Mason City surrenders mascot // Cedar Rapids’ Basix grabs headlines // Capital City Pride kicks off // Hurst stands up for Black female candidate

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Read about community strife in Fairfield; Mason City’s change of logo and mascot; Glenn Hurst’s latest push; Capital City Pride’s first Gala; and headlines for Basix and Studio 13, two LGBTQ bars in eastern Iowa. Plus more.

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