Illinois theater cancels conservative event over ‘really bad’ threats

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A theater in Des Plaines, Illinois canceled a conservative group’s event after saying it had received a bombardment of threats.

The Des Plaines Theater pulled the plug on a panel discussion on sex education reform scheduled for early February by conservative activist group Awake Illinois.

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“Awake Illinois learned that the Des Plaines Theater was electing to terminate the contract of the ‘Coalition For Kids’ event originally scheduled for February 8, 2023,” Awake Illinois said in a press statement. “Due to threats of physical violence against the venue and participants, this decision was made by Onesti Entertainment, which has no affiliation with our organization.”

Promotional image for the planned “Coalition For Kids” Awake Illinois event at the Des Plaines Theater
(Wake up Illinois)

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Shannon Adcock, founder and president of Awake Illinois, spoke to TBEN News Digital about the incident.

The group angered LGBT activists for unspecified comments that sparked intense backlash, according to local newspaper TBEN 7. TBEN News Digital has so far been unable to confirm the nature of the controversy, and Adcock claims she is not is aware of specific comments. for the outrage.

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“I think they don’t like us saying ‘trimmers,'” Adcock speculated.

According to Adcock, Des Plaines Theater management told her they got a bullet in the mail amid other death threats.

“I was very proud to provide a forum for some positive, hopefully positive, or what I thought would be possible discussions,” theater operator Ron Onesti told TBEN 7.

Onesti told the local outlet that he was unaware of the politics of the event until threats started pouring in.

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“It’s not my role to take a stand on these issues. I’m just the venue,” explains Onesti. “They said they would bring guns and show you what it’s really about. It just got really bad with all sorts of stuff, bullets and dog feces.”

TBEN News Digital reached out to the Des Plaines Theater for further comment.

“We’ve had a flood of people offering other locations,” Adcock told TBEN News Digital. Awake Illinois plans to continue the event at a different location.

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