Ongoing Illinois Speaks Meetings

In Back of the Yards, Chicago, IL:

The Cooperation for Liberation Study and Working Group meets every other week on Sundays @3pm at
The #LetUsBreathe Collective (1434 W. 51st St.)

Note: This group formed specifically with the intent of improving the economic and material conditions of Black communities throughout Chicago.

Next meeting is on July 14th.

For more information, please visit their facebook.

In Elgin, IL:

Every second Thursday of the month @ 10am at
Gail Borden Public Library – Rakow Branch (2751 W Bowes Rd, Elgin, IL 60123)

July topic TBD
Facilitated by Tish Calhamer (; presented in partnership with Gail Borden Public Library

In Golconda & Vienna, IL: 

Every second Thursday of the month @ 6pm
Alternating monthly between Golconda’s Riverview Mansion Hotel (222 S. Columbus Ave) and Vienna Diner (511 East Vine Street).

July  11th topic in Vienna: Reconstruction: a short presentation and discussion

Facilitated by Sandra Pfeifer (

In Peoria, IL:

July 2nd topic: The Importance of Immunization

at Peoria Public Library Lakeview Branch (1137 W. Lake Ave.) at 6pm

Facilitated by Roberta Koscielski (; presented in partnership with Peoria Public Library

In South Shore, Chicago, IL:

Saturday, July 20th topic: Arts & Culture
Starts 1:00pm at the Stony Island Arts Bank (6760 S. Stony Island Ave.)

Presented in partnership with the Neighborhood Network Alliance. For more information, contact Val Free (

In Uptown, Chicago, IL:

Friday, July 19th topic: Uptown Works – Planning the Uptown Arts Festival

Starts 5:30pm at Emerald City Uptown (1224 W. Wilson Ave.)

Facilitated by Elsie Hernandez (; presented in partnership with the Haitian American Museum of Chicago and Emerald City Uptwon

For more information, email Elliot at 

Illinois Speaks Awards & Upcoming Events

Illinois Speaks micro-grants are given to host public discussions about contemporary issues. These grants allow more people to act as trained facilitators or moderators of public discussion across the state of Illinois.

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