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Monday, June 10, 2013

RiverEdge Park VIP Opening in Aurora Flops

Politicians and cronies backslapped themselves for the "VIP" opening for RiverEdge Park's opening in Aurora for a narrow strip of land on Rt. 25 (Broadway) that will cost taxpayers over $60 million in in the coming years, take out key development parcels out of the tax base for downtown and already diverted TIF funds away from actual economic development.

Despite the thousands in taxpayer funds and resources on a lavish ceremony, it was mostly an echo chamber of the pols, crooks and cronies talking to themselves.

In defense of the political mafia, city spokespeople, all paid over six figures each, said "this was just for VIP's, there will be a bigger crowd when someone like Buddy Guy performs (non-VIP's will be charged admission for that).

However, if you put Buddy Guy on a stage on a street, he would still attract a crowd without spending an extra $60 million, according to viewers.

One observer noted, "I'm not opposed to a park somewhere, but there's no way this should have cost more than a million dollars to build.  People are getting rich, taxpayers are getting exploited.  That's the Aurora Way."

68 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sunday was just as bad and they had a bike race going on which should have brought more people downtown, but no body was around. Will the vendors make any money? How much did they have to pay?

Anonymous said...

I always love it when the Pols spend our money wildly then throw themselves a private party to celebrate. They all do it, not just TW. But it is ridiculous!!

Anonymous said...

What the hell is a Buddy Guy and who cares? And who in their right mind would bring their family to Aurora? Moving into this city was a huge mistake. We had no idea what a shit hole it was and have only ourselves to blame.

Anonymous said...

They lied (again.) It started out as an event for VIPs but I suspect they sensed that there was little interest (as well as open hostility) so all of a sudden it was offered up to the public. That's why there was so little advance notice. The whole thing has been a boondoggle to stroke the mayor's run-away ego. And, 9:10 am, Buddy Guy is a great musician but he was already here about three years ago and you can see him at his club in the REAL city a few times a year, for about $25. The Sun-times ran an article explaining that the City of Chicago refused to pay Buddy's exorbitant fee to play Chicago Blues Fest. So he tried it on the River City rubes who run Downtown Alive (Downtown not die dead!) and they bent right over. Good for you Buddy! Bad for taxpayers. As usual.

Anonymous said...

Love the photos of one of the bands playing to an overflow crowd of around 10 people, 5 of whom were from the Beacon Fishwrap, busy reporting on the Vibrant Aurora Music Scene. More people in the band then in the "crowd".

This will all change ? though once the tribute bands that are the bulk of the bookings play here..because as you know, people will go OUT OF THEIR way to pay to sit in a park in Aurora to hear crap music..when they could sit in a park in their own town at the various "Tastes of" jamborees suburban towns throw every year.. and hear crap music for free. Yes sir, people will be driving from Naperville and Hinsdale to hear a bunch of middle aged amateurs bungle their way through Lynyrd Skynyrd covers..Let's Boogie People! 28 Million later..

If you really want to hear Buddy Guy, who has been doing a not all that interesting Victory Lap show at these "festivals" for over a decade now, go down to his club Legend's in Chicago in January..he has a week long residency there every year, and returns to having some energy playing for people in a smaller place.

Al Kohollick said...

I read where citizens have the opportunity to get their name on a plaque at the John C. Dunham Pavillion at River'sEdge Park.....for a small donation of course. The first donation came from the Mundy family for the small amount of $10,000. Is it just me or does this seem a bit sleazy? Is their a connection between Mr. Mundy and the City of Aurora that would "encourage" a $10,000 donation for a freakin' plaque?......We'll see how successful this Venue is...it sure seems that they spent way, way too much to build it. It seems the location is less than ideal as to attract most reasonable folk. It seems to be an extremely cramped and confining space for alot of people to gather comfortably.

Anonymous said...

The Wiz was still struck with power on Saturday because he beat poor little Annette Johnson up. Clayton came to thinking I actually like him and would do him a favor to write board members to get rid of her. Interesting that the Wiz took out a paid ad and sent Clayon begging. The wiz is drunk alright with power and booze. Why is he after her one wonders if she is exposing him.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the could use it showcase the innate talent of all the homeless at Hesed House.

Anonymous said...

A music shed has been the last ditch salvation of of bombed out suburban towns for at least the last 3 decades. All of them have failed..Mayor Tommy Grift finally got it, and this is his lasting legacy to Aurora. You go Chief..5% of the town is firmly behind you.

Anonymous said...

You can go there and then go to Restaurant Row and have a great time because this a great city with a great diverse population with a great art scene and a thriving downtown with a great green economy. Signed with love, Faux Marissa Ammoni.

Anonymous said...

The River Edge Park will more than pay for it self. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure that out. If you want to blame Weisner for over spending, look towards the new police department building. It gets old listening to everyone bitch about the Mayor. Mistakes, yes he has made them.
The River Edge Park is not one of them. It will eventually bring more money coming into the city, than going out. Any economist can see that.

Anonymous said...

1:15 - yes and the tab gets paid by our children and grandchildren. that park was funded by Federal dollars kicked down to a bankrupt state...our Federal government put that money on our children's and grandchildren’s credit card and for what a stupid park that was not essential to anything. So explain to me how that park is going to pay back the Park District funds, the County funds, the State and Federal funds that went into it? And all the while the debt incurred piles up interest charges that have to be paid by the yet to be born. Moreover people throughout the county, state and nation are paying for a park in Aurora Illinois.

That park was a huge waste of money that went directly in the architects, developers, and landscapers pockets.

I hope the Tea party and other civic groups launch a campaign and ask people to boycott it and make an example of it. We just built a park no one wanted but a bunch of greedy developers and some wannabee culturalist on the backs of out children and grandchildren.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely agreed 1:15. And all of this, $25 million, so Weisner can feel like a big dick in a hick town. Hey 1:16, it gets old listening to shills promoting all of Weisner's stupid and corrupt projects. If you don't like the fact that actual citizens are questioning this criminal administration then just keep reading the Beacon fishwrap and listening to Aurora "boosters" who are in it for what they can get for them selves.

Anonymous said...

@ 6/11/13, 4:21 PM

The city received grants, not loans, so nobody needs to be paid back. As far as the 'taxpayer burden' etc. etc. EVERYTHING the government does comes out of taxpayer pockets, there's no way around it.

At least if you use taxpayer funds for parks you can go and enjoy the park. The taxpayers also paid for a certain bitter ex-alderman and have nothing to show for it except blatantly false accusations, bad memories and regret.

Anonymous said...

10:55 - you are either immoral or an idiot. That so called grant money was raised by DEBT, debt that is going to have to be paid by or children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. there is no excuse for doing this at all - it is 100% wrong.

It is asinine, foolish, unethical and immoral to confiscate the earning of those yet born for superficial, unneeded and wasteful expenditures especially since this whole thing was designed to enrich a select few.

And I could not care about Rick Lawrence. All any of them do is walk away with a an outrageous health care package and a pension for a part-time job - unbelievable. But at least Rick gave them some token opposition.

Anonymous said...

Agreed, it i shameful that we with the deficits of the US Government, the shambles the State of IL is in that we wasted money on a park that goes on our kids credit card.

Anonymous said...

Ticket sales for current events already planned will pay for some of the cost. Future events not yet planned, eventually will take care of the rest of the cost. Im not in love with Weisner either. However I dont hate every move he makes.The new Police Headquarters I have an issue with. There is to much hate on this site. Sometimes, it just makes sense to bite the bullet and admit, the mayor helped do something good for the city. Otherwise, your hate for 1 man, makes all of your opinions worthless.

Anonymous said...

Will you stop lying. They are not paying back a dime of the money stolen from future generations for another play venue for a bunch of spoiled baby boomers who want to see "free" music events of 3rd rate bands.

I agree that the police station was a waste.

Anonymous said...

It is the mayor's own fault that people despise him. He has become an arrogant bully surrounded by courtiers and sycophants. He should have quit after his second term. He will not be missed when he finally takes his whopping pension and leaves town.

Anonymous said...

Actually a lot of us hope he dies in office and never sees that pension.

Anonymous said...

Grants received for this project only paid a portion of the cost, and a small portion at best.
The city has, and will continue to allocate tax dollars from their own reserve.
not to mention this administration has used tif funding which will never be returned to other various taxing bodies as this parcel has now been effectively removed from the tax rolls.
Just out of couriosity does the grant from the park district even come close to the value of all the city parks now under their ownership

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Anonymous said...

Seems rather convenient that some folks pick and choose which projects go onto the future children's 'credit card' and which don't.

A bunch of fat firemen taking the truck to dairy queen for a few hours doesn't strike some as a waste of money, but having a park that generates a profit is a waste of money. Go figure.

Anonymous said...

How does this park generate a profit for the children in Tennessee and California that are paying for it? How does it pay the taxpayer of North Aurora who paid into it, or the St Charles resident who paid for it. How doe sit pay the person in Pekin who paid for it?

Anonymous said...

It is yet to be seen what profit this park will generate, if any.
Even at fifty bucks a ticket it would take a long time to recoupe cost let alone show profit.
I'm waiting to see how many hundreds of thousands of out of town concert goers it attracts who will spend hard earned disposable income in beautiful downtown aurora

Anonymous said...

Well,
one weekend isn't enough to judge, but I was there last weekend, and it was full. And a lot of money changed hands. A lot. One of the problems with shows is that it is always hard to figure out what will draw and what things will make money. But give it a chance. Perhaps even go and see something? You might actually like it, you know.
As for 12:31, keep in mind that there is such a thing as a common good, and that is one of the things that a government can, and should, do. This might be one of those things, you know.

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Anonymous said...

Close this blog down. It never was anything but a big bag of gas anyway.

Anonymous said...

I'm really looking forward to this coming weekend. American English ought to be a lot of fun.

Anonymous said...

Someone in Aurora is going to speak English - now that is news. I live in Geneva and have not been in Aurora since 1995. Back then it was filled with low life Mexicans speaking Spanish - I doubt time had improved it. I had some friends who started down there but stopped at some chopping plaza on 31 because it seemed the area had deteriorated so much and turned around and went back home.

Anonymous said...

American English is a Beatles cover band, however if you'd prefer Mexican music I highly recommend Pancho's restaurant on New York street. Every weekend they have a mariachi band and the chili rellenos are excellent.

Anonymous said...

9:23 sounds like a commie. How dare you. My sister lives in Provo Utah and just had her first baby. So you support stealing the honest wages of the children in Provo Utah in order to create a park in Aurora IL? That is 100% immoral. And there is no common good, they do not benefit but they are forced into indentured servitude also know as slavery by the people in Aurora.

It is time someone calls your ilk out. You sicken me and I hope a bullet rips through your head fired by one of those Obama phone holding niggers all over Aurora. It is time we rise up against the takers and take them out – you fucking thief. Anyone who supports Aurora’s Municipal Government condones theft and slavery. Fuck you and the horse you rode in on. I wish you a very premature death and death to your children, so your tainted seed is removed from the gene pool. You are an immoral person and I pray God strikes you down.

Anonymous said...

well 9:16 may be harsh, but he is right. This taking money from outside Aurora when it is simply redistributing funds from the state, county, FVPD, and d.c. is unethical. All it does is go on our grandchildren's credit card and pile up debts for them to payoff.


Anonymous said...

9:16 is right? I don't know he sounds dangerous, erratic, and violent to me. Sure hope I don't live next door to him.

Anonymous said...

9:16 simply sounds frustrated to me. And frankly he is not only right but a lot of folks are also getting that way. The Mayor, our Senator, Representatives keep robbing our children, putting them further into debt for shiny babbles. A park really, that is worth incurring debt over for a yet to be born generation. If militants are what is needed to protect future generations then so be it.

Anonymous said...

9:16's second paragraph is what is 100% immoral, and un-Christian. Calling for someone to be put to death because they live in a community that got a federal grant is more likely to draw His wrath than receiving the grant ever would. I'm sure if we check, Provo, UT has something built with federal grant money that does not benefit us taxpayers in Aurora. So I guess 9:16 wants his/her sister and her child put to death. 9:16 is CLEARLY the immoral one here.

Anonymous said...

No it is his thinking it is okay, his unwillingness to admit theft is wring - he is a unrepentant thief - I am not the guy or gal who posted that, but I agree, He is nothign but a thief and he deserves whatever misfortune happens to him.

By the way, apparently, so do you. Trying to justify theft...you liberals make me sick. We are not one big community - people have a right to sped what they earn as they see fit.

If the people in Aurora want a park they should pay for 100% of it themselves.

But then you probably think food stamps and rent assistance is moral.

Anonymous said...

1:13
#1. How about learning how to Spell? You seem to have a small mind, loaded with big idiotic ideas. Then you show no sense of pity on those who are down and out. You must think that you are a real man.

Anonymous said...

You do not have the moral authority over my assets to force me to support those who cannot take care of themselves. Your position is 100% immoral and egregious.

It is 100% up to me to decide how charitable I wish to be and I am free to use whatever discernment and discretion I want in the matter.

I too hope you die soon, natural or unnatural causes, either way society will be better of without you.

Anonymous said...

Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
Hebrews 13:16

Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him.
Proverbs 14:31

Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”
Matthew 19:21

Glad that you have decided that you are your own moral authority, though. Good luck with that.



Anonymous said...

Uh genius type dude (8:17 AM) we have a wall of separation between Government and religion in this country.

And yes I am my own moral authority and it as good as any of the words of man imprinted in any bible you uneducated, hick, believe in gods, angels, devils and other bullshit that do not exist types try and force on other people.

Anonymous said...

I would surmise you are all going to hell if you don't clean up your act.

Anonymous said...

I already live in hell, it is called Aurora.

Anonymous said...

No, it's called Openline

Anonymous said...

It's hilarious how some people have decided that THIS item is the one that takes food out of children's mouths all over the nation.

1. this project is supported by public and private grants, not federal funds.. so NOBODY in Utah is going to starve.

2. Every cop, fireman, city worker, alderman, soldier, sailor, school, etc. is funded by taxpayers.

The first person to collect social security put in $24 and got back $22,000. Who made up the difference? You guessed it!!

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Anonymous said...

Anyone hear who got put on leave at the city over that inspections problem.

Anonymous said...

4:33 you are simply wrong. The money the State kicked down was from a Federal grant as was some of the start up money that Aurora got directly.

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Anonymous said...

12:40 AM Your willful ignorance is showing. You're so hell bent on demonizing the City Leaders that you don't even let facts discourage you.

Anonymous said...

No 2:54 you are the one who does not get how the same small group of taxpayers are repeatedly raped by cities and counties throughout the country for projects that are not needed.

Anonymous said...

11:40 PM
No, I understand it. I guess we should stop doing ANY projects or improvements or ONLY do the ones you personally approve.

If you want to sit back and complain about government spending you will never be bored, but in a complaint filled world you are just one more voice.

Anonymous said...



11:40 – no but we make sure that those who benefit from a project are the ones paying for it. Why should people in Peoria pay for a park in Aurora? Why should a child yet born in Oregon pay for a park in Aurora? If the people of Aurora wanted this park they should have paid for 100% of it. And the gutless city council should have put it on the ballot.

Anonymous said...


That f-ing band shell is ruining my summer I live way up near the Aurora Country club some 2.5 miles away and I can't even sit out in my yard any more without being forced to listen to shit music at 10pm at night. I thought their were noise ordinances that say you can be ticket if you can hear music 50 feet from a car. Why not for concerts and bands?

Why the hell should someone even 3 blocks away be forced to hear this shit much less 2 -3 miles away? The city needs to end these venues by 8 or 9 pm maximum.

Anonymous said...

Agree with 4:01 - why the hell are we being forced to listen to the various shit bands that come to Aurora? That park is decreasing the quality of life.

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Anonymous said...

Some of the posters on here are ridiculous. If you don't care about our city, then move away.

I went to Riveredge Park for a show and I think it's fantastic. It could be the crown jewel of Aurora if everyone supports it.

Security, food, parking... everything ran like clockwork. I will going back very soon.

Anonymous said...

8:43 yeah but you are not paying for i tare you? Nope - future generations are you fat bloated pig. People like you make me sick.

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Anonymous said...

Raghuveer Nayak: People of Aurora, Nayak is the solution! He's scheduled to be sentenced on Jan.22nd. {rior to that he's rolling on his buddy "The Goat Boy" and all the other cronies will follow. You see when Weisnor gets arrested, then he'll roll on Shodeen, Mundy, O'Conner, who will all in turn roll on someone else to get their prison sentence reduced.

It's going to be a very interesting next 3-4 months and I can't wait to see how many comments are posted when the Beacon Fused front page (or maybe they will bury the story to page 4) says, "Mayor Indicted on bribe charges".

And it won't stop there. I believe that it will go back to Mayor Stover and Piece also. No statue of Limitations on an ongoing crimanal act (it's called RICO).