R. Kelly-Hosted Music Festival Denied Permit In Illinois

The Spring Break Jam concert had been scheduled to take place in April at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

In the wake of the sexual misconduct allegations against R. Kelly and ensuing protests that have erupted in Chicago and elsewhere, Illinois officials said they’ve denied a permit for a planned springtime concert that was supposed to be hosted by the embattled R&B singer.

Illinois Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Denise Albert told the Chicago Tribune on Friday that the organizers of the Spring Break Jam concert, which had been scheduled to take place on April 6, applied to the department to lease space for the event at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

She said officials denied the permit application because of security concerns after recent protests outside Kelly’s Chicago studio,

Kelly, a Chicago native, has come under renewed scrutiny since the premiere of “Surviving R. Kelly,” a Lifetime documentary series that details numerous allegations of sexual misconduct against the singer.