Jay-Z Video Shoots in Elgin Sans Jay-Z

By O'Konowitz, Tom; Kovac, Adam | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), September 19, 2004 | Go to article overview

Jay-Z Video Shoots in Elgin Sans Jay-Z


O'Konowitz, Tom, Kovac, Adam, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Tom O'Konowitz & Adam Kovac

No, the rap sensation Jay-Z wasn't in Elgin last week.

But his production company sure was, and it was filming scenes for a new video that'll be shown during upcoming Jay-Z live shows.

The scenes are pretty wild, with a helicopter and Elgin police cars chasing down two of Jay-Z's tour vans in the dark of night. The high-speed pursuit last Tuesday night and Wednesday morning sped down Route 20, Randall Road and several downtown streets.

Now no one can say Elgin isn't in touch with the world of rap. "Can I get a what what?"

(That's a Jay-Z lyric, by the way, just in case you're taking notes at home.)

Anyway, wanna know more about this Jay-Z character?

At least half of The Insiders is a big fan and has the scoop.

Jay-Z is a multi-Grammy winner and has sold more than 17 million CDs. That's a lot.

And he's been romantically linked to Beyonce from time to time, but we can't quite figure out if they're dating or were or weren't. But they definitely collaborated on Beyonce's awesome "Crazy in Love" song.

So you put two and two together.

Some of Jay-Z's biggest hits include "Izzo," "Change Clothes," "Big Pimpin'" and the latest from his Black album, "99 Problems."

But why didn't Jay-Z come to Elgin for his video shoot?

Our guess is he was "Big pimpin', spendin' Gs. ...Big pimpin' up in NYC."

(Those are more Jay-Z lyrics, in case you were wondering.)

But who knows?

Not an option: Let's see. What could be worse than a plane without a pilot? A ship without a captain? A train without an engineer?

How about a $40 million recreation center - that's losing hundreds of thousands of dollars - without a manager?

OK, that might not be as bad as a plane without a pilot. But it's hardly ideal.

The Centre of Elgin, that city-owned facility at Kimball Street and Douglas Avenue, has been without a full-time manager since Lynn Robbins was fired last November. And ever since The Centre opened in late 2002, it has been losing money.

Last year, it lost $475,000. And so far this year, it's $238,000 in the red. Its total budget is about $3.1 million.

Well, Elgin Councilman Robert Gilliam is tired of seeing the city's pricey recreation center run without a leader.

A little over a week ago, Gilliam essentially ordered City Manager David Dorgan to place ads immediately seeking a new Centre manager.

Dorgan said he would. …

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