Illinois Paranormal Conference at Memorial Hall Oct. 4

Staff Report

The Third Annual Illinois Paranormal Conference will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 4, at Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St., downtown Rockford.

The event is hosted by Steve Litteral of Rockford’s Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Kathi Kresol of Haunted Rockford Paranormal Events.

Admission to the event is $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Reservations and more information can be found online at

Featured speaker is Rosemary Ellen Guiley, a leading expert on the paranormal with more than 50 books published about a range of paranormal, spiritual and mystical topics.

Other speakers include the following:

• Filmmaker John Borowski, an award-winning independent filmmaker whose works have garnered international acclaim and whose “historical horror” trilogy of documentary films focus on late-19th and early 20th-century serial killers;

• Chad Lewis, a paranormal researcher and author for Unexplained Research;

• Melissa Tanner, founder and lead investigator for TnT Paranormal Investigations;

• Paul Smith, psychic medium with different abilities; and

• Chad Clovier and Travis Dahlhauser of Greater Rockford Apparitions & Ghost Group, (G.R.A.G.G).

Vendors include Dale Kaczmarek and The Ghost Research Society; Robbin R. Terry, owner of the Scooby Doo “Mystery Machine!”; Al Kelchner, owner of Haunted Willow Springs Farm; Stephen Osborne, author of Ghosts of Northern Illinois; and John Gruba, intuitive therapist with Illinois Ghost Hunters: Paranormal Investigation Team Ghost Head Soup Investigation Team.

Paranormal investigation of Tinker Swiss Cottage

A post-conference event will feature paranormal investigation of Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, 411 Kent St., Rockford, with Dale Kaczmarek.

Litteral and Kresol will be joined by renowned ghost investigator Kaczmarek and his Ghost Research Society team to investigate the claims of ghostly activity in this historic location.

Tinker Swiss Cottage is a beautiful manor house built in the 1860s and was the home of Robert Tinker and his family. Litteral and Kresol will provide the history, and then participants will join Kaczmarek and his team on an actual investigation of the house and other buildings. Tinker was featured on Ghost Hunters a couple of years ago and is a very active location.

Price for this event is $30 per person. Those planning to attend both the conference and the post-conference event may receive a special price of $45 by contacting Kresol at (815) 871-4239 or

Posted Oct. 2, 2014

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