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 June 16th.

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)

June 13th 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).

June 13th topic in Golconda: The Power of asking ‘What if’

Facilitated by Sandra Pfeifer (

In Peoria, IL:

June 13th topic: OSF Strive Trauma Recovery Program

at Peoria Public Library North Branch (3001 West Grand Parkway) at 6pm

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

In South Shore, Chicago, IL:

Saturday, June 15th topic: Public Safety
Starts 1:00pm at the Stony Island Arts Bank (6760 S. Stony Island Ave.)

Presented in partnership with The Black United Fund of Illinois and the Neighborhood Network Alliance. For more information, contact Val Free (

In Uptown, Chicago, IL:

Friday, June 21st topic: Special Speaker – Artist Lowell Thompson

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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