By: Diane Benjamin
A reader asked me how much the Town of Normal contributes to the CornBellters, so I FOIA’d that information. The Normal Cornbelters are another quasi-government organization with no transparency.
Did you know for 20 years Normal is rebating all food and beverage taxes?
I wonder if they audit sales? How are cash sales verified?
In addition to the $34,259.91 in 2017, I received documents showing payments of:
$8500 labeled Ryan Sandburg sponsorship which included 25 luxury seat tickets, 4 parking passes, and a meet and great with Sandburg
$6000 labeled sponsorship
$6000 labeled Legends game sponsorship
$150 for 25 1/2 priced box seats
$5000 labeled Lee Brice
Total for 2017: $59,910
In 2018, in addition to the $29,861.88 I have the following payments:
$6000 labeled Legends game
$8500 labeled Andrea Dawson, an email is included changing Dawson to Jose Canseco
$9000 labeled Corporate contract
$1250 through Parks and Rec for 250 reserved seats – Summer Day Camp
Since the Summer Day Camp participants may have reimbursed the cost I won’t include them in the total.
Total so far in 2018: $53,362
Besides spending money only to entertain you (whether you ever go or not), the cost of staff time isn’t included.
I also filed a FOIA request for receipts for Chris Koos’s trip to the US Conference of Mayors:
The total cost was $2711.16
Registration was $895.00
Flight to Boston was $626.39
Hotel for 3 nights was $1209.99, $330 per night. The bill has two charges labeled Champion, which must be Champions Sports Bar – $26.47 and $24.33. The rest of the charges are taxes and two internet charges of $12.95.
Ground Transportation was $68.05
If you did the math, you are right – the charges don’t add to what Koos was paid.
See the expense report Koos turned in here: US Conference of Mayors expense report