I received a nice e-mail today from Jim Reincke from the Illinois BBQ Society. I've included it below for your reference regarding this new bbq society promoting bbq in Illinois.
I am writing to let you know of a new BBQ group starting in Illinois. The Illinois BBQ Society is launching and open for membership. We do have an online home in development at ILBBQS.com for anyone interested.
Within the next year, we hope to build our membership, help promote Illinois contests, build awareness for BBQ as a hobby and sport, and even produce the Illinois State BBQ Challenge & Governor's Cup Cook-Off.
Thanks so much for all you do in BBQ!
Illinois BBQ Society
I haven't been able to read the entire web site, but at first glance it looks pretty good. I noticed a message board, an events listing, on online store, links page, and some bbq downloads.