Events may resume at bakery’s planned family-friendly drag show after Lake in the Hills rules against fines

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A suburb in the far northwest has agreed to allow a local bakery to continue holding events after she threatened to punish the establishment in the wake of an attack of intimidation at the store over a planned kid-friendly drag show. had reversed, according to the U.S. Civil Liberties Union of Illinois and suburban officials.

The agreement will allow Corinna Sac, owner of UpRising Bakery and Cafe in Lake in the Hills, to reschedule the drag brunch she canceled after the bakery was vandalized and to continue hosting other events. Lake in the Hills officials had previously told her they viewed entertainment events as a violation of local zoning laws and threatened violations if she continued to host them.

“We are delighted to have reached a mutual agreement with the village of Lake in the Hills,” Sac said in a press release from the American Civil Liberties Union.

Last month, Sac planned a drag brunch suitable for kids, but said she received angry phone calls, insults and threats, and in one case, a bag of feces left outside the store. Far-right groups have often focused on family-friendly drag events.

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Sac was forced to cancel the show after the bakery was broken into and graffitied the night before the show was scheduled to take place on July 23. Lake in the Hills Police arrested Joseph Collins, 24, of Alsip, and charged him with a Class 4 felony hate crime and criminal property damage.

After that, Lake in the Hills officials caused controversy when they sent Sac a letter threatening to take action against the bakery if it continued to hold events, including fines up to $750 per day and the suspension or revocation of business or liquor licenses. . Officials said they had received complaints from other nearby businesses and residents and deemed entertainment events a violation of local zoning laws.

Sac has said that her bakery has always held various community events and was never informed that it was a problem.

The ACLU destroyed Lake in the Hills, calling the village’s stance “unconstitutional retaliation” in a letter to officials.

“The village officials initially seemed inclined to support Ms Sac and her company in the wake of this horrific event,” the letter said. “Unfortunately, they chose to give the person who attacked and destroyed UpRising exactly what he apparently wanted.”

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The ACLU said in a press release that the agreement “denies a potential victory for violent extremists who objected to UpRising’s support of the LGBTQ+ community.”

“Today’s agreement provides a just and fair solution for the future, recognizing that violent extremists cannot dictate discussion in our society,” said Kevin Fee, an ACLU attorney, in the release.

UpRising plans to hold a previously scheduled drag brunch on Sunday, according to Sac. The bakery will also reschedule the canceled “Starry Night Brunch Drag” show at a later date.

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