Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2019-07-10
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



Scholarship Honors Former IL State Rep. Larry McKeon

facebook twitter google +1 reddit email

( Peoria ) - The first Rep. Larry McKeon Scholarship will be a $1,000 scholarship given in 2010, to an individual who has been a Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, or Queer ( GLBTQ ) , advocate and/or a GLBTQ Volunteer. The Acorn Equality Fund ( AEF ) will grant one individual the Rep. Larry McKeon Scholarship for the next 20 years or until the fund is depleted. The AEF hopes that friends and associates of Rep. Larry McKeon will give tax-deductible contributions in his honor to ensure the longevity and perhaps increase the amount of the scholarship in the future. This scholarship was established with the help of long-time friends of State Rep. Larry McKeon and the Acorn Equality Fund.

Former IL State Rep. Larry McKeon, D-Chicago, passed away in May of 2008. He left a rich legacy as a politician and an activist. Rep. McKeon, 63, was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1996, becoming Illinois' first openly gay state legislator. Rep. McKeon later announced that he was HIV+. He served as IL Representative of the Chicago's North Side's 13th District. It was announced on the IL House floor on May 14th of 2008 that Rep. McKeon had died from a sudden stroke. Thankfully, before he passed away, Rep Larry McKeon had begun discussions with Héctor Martínez, co-founder of the Acorn Equality Fund about creating a new scholarship in his name with a focus on GLBTQ advocates. His dream is now a reality.

Years served: 1996 — 2008 ( 12 years ) Committee assignments: Labor ( Chairperson ) ; Committee of the Whole; Aging; Housing & Urban Development ( Vice-Chairperson ) ; Executive; Agreed Labor Bills, Subcommittee ( Sub-Chairperson ) .

Biography: Full-time state legislator; born June 30, 1944, in Nampa, ID; B.A. and M.S., California State University at Los Angeles; Ph.D. coursework and exams, University of Chicago; 1st Lieutenant, U.S. Army Infantry.

"I am dedicated to improving the quality of life for the people of Illinois. Specifically… to ensure equal protection for all citizens under the law; to make sure everyone has access to quality, affordable health care; and to ensure that our children receive the quality education that they deserve." -State Rep. Larry McKeon

Rep. McKeon's top legislative priorities included ensuring access to quality health care, strengthening public education, ensuring balanced community development, eliminating unnecessary government regulation, property tax relief, job creation, fighting discrimination and protecting individuals' rights. Rep. McKeon brought more than 41 years of experience in public service as a U.S. Army infantry officer, a law enforcement officer and manager, an educator at three universities, a social service manager and community activist. Prior to serving as a State Representative, McKeon was an executive director at the Chicago Commission on Human Relations and Mayor Richard Daley's liaison to the city's gay and lesbian community.

Rep. McKeon received a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Master's degree in Public Administration from California State University-Los Angeles and completed Ph.D. coursework and exams at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.


facebook twitter google +1 reddit email

Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


Gay News

Former Supreme Ct. justice Stevens dies at 99 2019-07-17 - Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens died at age 99 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on July 16. According to, Stevens ...

Gay News

Minimum wage raise would increase earnings for 1.5 million LGBT adults 2019-07-17 - On Thursday, the US House of Representatives is expected to vote on the Raise the Wage Act. The Williams Institute at UCLA School ...

Gay News

Grassroots political organizer/LGBTQ activist Cole N. Ansier dies 2019-07-17 - Grassroots political organizer and LGBTQ activist Cole N. Ansier died July 13 due to complications from a genetic health condition. He was 35. ...

Gay News

Rally calls for Puerto Rico gov's resignation after anti-LGBTQ chat surfaces 2019-07-17 - In the wake of Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rossello's political allies' recent arrests on corruption and fraud charges, the Chicago Boricua Resistance and ...

Gay News

U.S. House condemns Trump tweets as racist 2019-07-16 - On July 16, the U.S. House formally condemned President Donald Trump's recent tweets telling four Democratic congresswomen of color that they should "go ...

Gay News

NATIONAL Miss Major ailing, NAACP, crime items, Puerto Rico governor 2019-07-16 - Miss Major Griffin-Gracy—a Stonewall Riots veteran and staple in transgender activism for nearly 50 years—suffered a stroke July 4, reported. News about ...

Gay News

WORLD Alan Turing, Theresa May, UN expert, South Korea military 2019-07-16 - The Bank of England will honor the late gay mathematician/codebreaker Alan Turing on the 50-pound note, LGBTQ Nation reported. After World War II, ...

Gay News

Gay man talks about running for state rep 2019-07-15 - Every morning, Ken Meija-Beal awakes to his alarm at 3:30 a.m. The first thing on his mind is to respond to each ...

Gay News

Meister announces run for clerk 2019-07-10 - Activist and civil-rights attorney Jacob Meister launched his campaign for Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court with a video announcement on Facebook. ...

Gay News

Cook County Commissioner Morrison plans town hall in Elk Grove Township 2019-07-09 - ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill. — Cook County Commissioner Kevin B. Morrison will host his second town hall since he was sworn into office ...


Copyright © 2019 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.







About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.