Challenger Accuses Officials of Accepting Perks at Ballpark

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Byline: Emily Jurlina Daily Herald correspondent

Schaumburg mayoral candidate Brian Costin is again accusing village board members of violating local ethics codes by accepting gifts -- most notably complimentary tickets to Schaumburg Flyers games -- not available to residents.

Appearing before those trustees at Tuesday's village board meeting, Costin said a village employee tipped him off to the "free tips, perks and luxuries" Schaumburg officials and employees receive.

Mayor Al Larson and the trustees refused to answer Costin's questions about whether they had received free Flyers tickets and accused the mayoral candidate of "grilling" them.

"I don't respond to character assassinations," Larson said.

Costin's claims come at a time when the village and the Flyers' ownership are embroiled in a lawsuit over nearly $1 million in overdue rent and other payments the minor league ballclub owes for use of the publicly owned Alexian Field. It is the second time this month he's raised the accusations at a public meeting.

As landlords of Alexian Field, both the village and Schaumburg Park District retain the use of skyboxes at the stadium. …