Steve Bartel and Josiah Henson are the co-owners of Haunted Conover Square Ghost Tours and host paranormal tours of Conover Square Mall, which is located in a 19th Century piano factory that remained in operation until the late 1970’s in Oregon, Illinois.

Conover Square Mall is a 125,000 square foot shopping facility, which occupies the former piano factory and throughout the years, many shop owners and customers alike have reported it to be haunted.

Conference Presentation

At the Conference, Steve and Josiah will be sharing some of their encounters and evidence that they have captured during countless hours of tours and investigations throughout Conover Square.

Their Facebook page:


Tobias Wayland is a passionate fortean who has been actively investigating the unusual since 2008; the first five years of his investigative career were spent as a MUFON field investigator, and following that he investigated independently.  Tobias then became head writer and editor of the Singular Fortean Society.  

Tobias’s years as an investigator have served him best by illustrating that when it comes to the anomalous, the preternatural, and the paranormal, any answers he’s found are still hopelessly outnumbered by questions.

Tobias is a frequent guest on various podcasts and radio shows; he has contributed to several books on the paranormal, and is often invited to speak numerous paranormal conferences and events.  He was also featured in the Small Town Monsters documentary “Terror in the Skies” for his work investigating Mothman sightings around Lake Michigan.

Joining Tobias at the Conference will be Emily Wayland.  

Emily is an ardent craftsperson and devoted monster enthusiast with degrees in both photography and design.  An accomplished artist, designer and photographer, Emily is responsible not only for the Singular Fortean Society’s aesthetic, but also the examination of any photographic or video evidence.  Emily’s art and designs have been featured in various paranormal art shows around the Minneapolis are, as well as in the “Chicago Mothman” portion of the Small Town Monsters documentary “Terror in the Skies”.  She and her husband Tobias have been involved with the Lake Michigan Mothman Investigation since its advent in the Spring of 2017, are are currently the only investigators to have conducted onsite investigations with witness interviews across multiple states.

Her lifelong love affair with monsters of all varieties has led her to pursue them in real life, and she hopes that her expertise in photography will help her capture one — at least on film.

Find out more about The Singular Fortean Society on their website:

Midwest Ghost Investigators , (MGI) is a non-profit group of professional paranormal investigators founded in 2014 based in Rockford, Illinois.  They investigate private residences, businesses, historic buildings, and other venues.  MGI services are completely free and they treat their clients with professionalism and respect.  MGI uses scientific equipment, not only to provide proof for clients situation and to provide logical reasoning, but to advance understanding the paranormal field through progressive research.

At the Conference this year, Sara Bowker and Nino Enna will be sharing details of their recent work.

To learn more about Midwest Ghost Investigators, visit their website at


Mike Huberty runs American Ghost Walks, a haunted history tour company with locations in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Madison, Lake Geneva and several other Midwestern cities, entertaining tens of thousands of tourists and paranormal enthusiasts. 

Mike is also the host of the podcast, See You On The Other Side which features paranormal discussion and a brand new song based on the topic of each week’s podcast.  

His rock band, Sunspot performs dozens of shows all over the Midwest every year and especially loves playing haunted venues!

Chad Glovier and Travis Dahlhauser are both Rockford, Illinois natives.  Travis and Chad formed the Greater Rockford Apparition & Ghost Group (GRAGG) in 2011, and have been investigating haunted locations throughout the Midwest ever since.

Travis and Chad love to investigate historic buildings and some of the scariest places on the planet, including many Northern Illinois Landmarks.  The GRAGG team continues to collect evidence to prove to the world – as well as themselves – that ghosts are real.  The GRAGG team also has a successful series called “Mission Terror”, featured on the world’s only 24/7 online streaming horror network, American Horrors.

Travis and Chad also offer free investigations of homes or buildings.  If you’re interested in having the GRAGGonites do an investigation for you, visit their contact page.

To visit the G.R.A.G.G website: click: G.R.A.G.G





Conference Presentation

At the 2019 Conference, Travis and Chad will share experiences that they’ve had during local Paranormal Investigations.


Cindy Heinen is a founding member of The Society for Anomalous Studies, a paranormal research cooperative based out of Southern Wisconsin.  Ami Orava joined The Society, along with her husband Mark, after attending one of their Historic Haunting events.   The Society for Anomalous Studies is a cooperative of experienced paranormal investigators based in Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. The cooperative was formed to allow these investigators to come together to conduct well-structured and objective investigations and research into paranormal claims of ghosts, haunted locations and anomalous experiences.

Visit the group’s website at




Conference Presentation

Cindy and Ami will be discussing the research done by The Society for Anomalous Study into Sustained Electronic Spirit Communication (SESC) at this year’s Illinois Paranormal Conference.  This type of Instrumental Transcommunication (ITC) goes far beyond EVP or radio sweep ghost boxes revealing actual two way communications between the investigators and the unseen presences.  Through the use of unique software, sound banks, synthetic noise, intention and energy manipulation SAS members have been able to establish an atmosphere conducive to this type of communications and create a soundscape where the disincarnate beings have been able to answer specific and direct questions, many times in full sentences.  The communicating voices appear eager to share information about their lives, deaths and what they are presently experiencing.  SAS members will share actual spirit communications captured during SAS investigations, talk about how the communication has developed, discuss ideas on how this technique might work and share SAS plans are for future research.

Lisa Van Buskirk has been enthralling paranormal lovers with true haunted stories since 2013 as “The Ghost Host with the Most” for American Ghost Walks in Madison. American Ghost Walks has haunted history walking tours in eight different cities across Wisconsin and Minnesota, including Milwaukee, Lake Geneva, Waukesha , and the Twin Cities. 
In real life Lisa has been a professional firefighter for 25 years.


Conference Presentation

Lisa will be sharing some of the most fascinating tales of restless phantoms and lost souls from American Ghost Walks.

American Ghost Walks website is at:

Kathi Kresol – Rockford Historian and Writer

Kathi Kresol, Rockford historian and writer is the operator of Haunted Rockford, and serves on the Board of the Rockford Historical Society.  Kathi shares her love of history, especially the history of Northern Illinois, during the tours she organizes and leads through Haunted Rockford Paranormal Events; and via her column “Voices from the Grave” in the Rock River Times.  You can also read Kathi’s fascinating true stories on this website, and in print.


For more information on Kathi Kresol, visit her personal website here: