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Illinois theater cancels conservative event due to ‘really, really bad’ threats

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A theater in Des Plaines, Illinois, canceled a conservative group’s event after it said it had been bombarded with threats.

The Des Plaines Theater has ended a roundtable on sex education reform, scheduled for early February by the conservative activist group Awake Illinois.

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

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

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

The group has drawn the ire of LGBT activists over unspecified comments that sparked a backlash, according to local outlet ABC 7. Fox News Digital has so far been unable to confirm the nature of controversy, and Adcock claims she is not aware of any specific comments cited. for outrage.

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Members of the educational activism group Awake Illinois pose during an event.  Photo provided by Shannon Adcock, President and Founder of Awake Illinois.

Members of the educational activism group Awake Illinois pose during an event. Photo provided by Shannon Adcock, President and Founder of Awake Illinois.
(Wake up Illinois)

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

According to Adcock, management at the Des Plaines Theater told him they had been shot in the mail amid other death threats.

“I was really proud to be able to provide the opportunity for a forum for positive, hopefully positive discussions, or what I thought were possible discussions,” theater operator Ron Onesti told ABC 7.

Onesti told local media that he was unaware of the politics of the event until the threats started coming.

Members of the educational activism group Awake Illinois pose during an event.  Photo provided by Shannon Adcock, President and Founder of Awake Illinois.

Members of the educational activism group Awake Illinois pose during an event. Photo provided by Shannon Adcock, President and Founder of Awake Illinois.
(Wake up Illinois)

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“It’s not my role to have a position on these issues. I’m just the place,” Onesti explained. “They said they were going to bring guns and show you what it was really about. It got really, really bad with all kinds of stuff, bullets and dog feces.”

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

“We actually had a flood of people suggesting other locations,” Adcock told Fox News Digital. Awake Illinois plans to go ahead with the event at another location.

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