There has been a lot of media coverage, recently, talking about Elgin and the Regional Fireworks thing at the Sears Center in Hoffman Estates. The paper says people are excited about it.
Let's see what the Citizens of Elgin are REALLY excited about. Here's a Poll:
I have no doubt that it will be a good time. The lineup they have for the bands is pretty good. The argument that so many people have, who I've talked to, is that the City said they will be sponsoring five events this year. The Fox Trot, International Festival, 4th of July Parade, Nightmare on Chicago Street, and the Arts Festival
The City said they "could not" provide any in kind services to the Jaycees for the Family Fun Festival or the Fireworks at the beginning of this year. At the end of last year, they said they could not provide any monies for the event either. However, now the City of Elgin IS providing in kind services AND $15,000 towards a festival and fireworks.
When the Committee of the Whole voted to provide Hoffman Estates with the $15,000, City Councilwoman Anna Moeller stated she wanted the Jaycees to be involved because of the work we've already done. Unfortunately, Hoffman Estates planned almost the whole event already. The involvement with the City of Elgin was minimal but no planning was being done.
The Elgin Jaycees are NOT involved with the Northwest Fourth Festival.
The Jaycees were told the only way we could be involved and get some revenue from the event was to pay for a $2500 BINGO Tent, up front and hope to make profit. We declined this offer.