Special Events Budget Gets Cut for Next Year

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Byline: Ames Boykin

Des Plaines officials are leaning on a group of volunteers to use more private donations for special events. Aldermen this week decided to slash the city's share of funding to the special events commission by 80 percent for next year.

Instead of $50,000, the city will give the commission $10,000 to put on the Fourth of July, Taste of Des Plaines and New Year's Eve celebration.

Second Ward Alderman Martin Moylan proposed cutting the special events commission budget. The special events commission has $73,000 in the bank, which aldermen said is more than enough to host the events.

Moylan instead suggested the commission be set up as a nonprofit group, and rely more on private sponsors.

Other aldermen agreed.

"I do believe there are sponsors who want to do this," 8th Ward Alderman Rosemary Argus said.

Third Ward Alderman Laura Murphy called for more financial accounting from the group of volunteers.

First Ward Alderman Patricia Beauvais opposed giving the commission a blank check because she said it might not motivate members to seek private money.

Seventh Ward Alderman Don Smith said he doesn't feel the commission needed the $50,000 proposed.

If the commission does need more money to host its events next year, organizers could come back to the city to request it.

Linda Forman, who chairs the commission, and Jim Wozny, who organizes the New Year's Eve event, addressed aldermen this week. …