Bullet found in threatening letter to Downers Grove library: Mayor


DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. —While the Downers Grove Public Library cancelled a drag queen bingo event hosted for teens due to alleged threats made, details for the incident were released Thursday.

According to Downers Grove police, the library received a letter that included a bullet and a handwritten return address on the envelope that said, “Your Friends at MAGA” with a confederate flag sticker stuck to the back of the envelope.

The letter said “F– lover commies,” “More to come for Downers Grove Library,” according to a Facebook post from Downers Grove Mayor Bob Barnett.

Supporters of the event praised the library for its efforts to further diversity and inclusion, while its critics — which included Orland Park Mayor and GOP congressional candidate Keith Pekau — called the event inappropriate and an unacceptable.

Had Drag Queen Bingo proceeded as planned, it would have taken play on Oct. 11, National Coming Out Day.

Mayor Barnett urged that if community members know who sent the letter, to contact police.

No additional information was provided.

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