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2016 ANNUAL
STATE OF THE VILLAGE OF ROSEMONT ADDRESS
delivered by
MAYOR BRADLEY A. STEPHENS
before the
ROSEMONT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
SEPTEMBER 14, 2016
ROSEMONT, ILLINOIS

GOOD AFTERNOON AND THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME HERE TODAY TO UPDATE YOU ON THINGS THAT HAVE TAKEN PLACE SINCE WE LAST MET AND WHAT LIES AHEAD FOR OUR TOWN.

WE FINISHED STRONG IN 2015, AND AS THE CALENDAR TURNED TO 2016, WE BEGAN TO CELEBRATE THE 60th ANNIVERSARY OF THE VILLAGE OF ROSEMONT.

ON JANUARY 20, 1956, 84 HOMEOWNERS DECIDED THEY WANTED BETTER CITY SERVICES, AND THEY ELECTED A 27-YEAR-OLD INSURANCE SALESMAN AS THEIR FIRST MAYOR.

OH, I LOVE TO TELL THIS STORY!

LITTLE DID THOSE HOMEOWNERS KNOW WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN OVER THE NEXT 60 YEARS.

AS THEY SAY, THIS STORY IS HISTORY, AND QUITE A HISTORY IT IS.

IN ITS FIRST SIX DECADES, ROSEMONT HAS BECOME A MAJOR CONVENTION, MEETING AND ENTERTAINMENT DESTINATION IN THE MIDWEST AND WE HAVE NO INTENTIONS OF SLOWING DOWN NOW.

LET ME UPDATE YOU ON SOME OF THE THINGS THAT HAVE TAKEN PLACE IN THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS, AND I ALSO WILL PROVIDE A SNAPSHOT OF THINGS TO COME.

HERE ARE SOME OF OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • THE VILLAGE WELCOMED BUB CITY AND JOE’S LIVE, A LETTUCE ENTERTAIN YOU VENUE TO MB FINANCIAL PARK AT ROSEMONT THAT HAS BEEN EVERYTHING WE ALL THOUGHT IT WOULD BE;
  • WE RECOMMISSIONED THE ICONIC FOUNTAIN; AND
  • WE UNVEILED THE STATUE OF THE VILLAGE’S FOUNDING FATHER — MY FATHER –

DONALD E. STEPHENS.

IN ADDITION, WE WELCOMED GINO’S EAST BACK AFTER 14 YEARS.

ALSO, DURING THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS AT THE DONALD E. STEPHENS CONVENTION CENTER, WE CONVERTED THE OUTDATED EAST BALLROOM D INTO 20,000 ADDITIONAL SQUARE FEET OF EXHIBIT SPACE AND INVESTED NEARLY $2.5 MILLI0N IN:

  • RESTROOM RENOVATIONS;
  • EXHIBIT HALL MODERNIZATION;
  • PAINTING NEW EXTERIOR ELEVATIONS OF THE CONCESSION STANDS; AND
  • IMPROVED SIGNAGE.

WE ARE ABOUT TO START A $3 MILLION RESTORATION OF THE WILLIAM STREET PARKING DECK. IN ADDITION, OUR STREET ARTIST CREW — LED BY RAHMAN STATIK — HAS BEEN WORKING ON ADDING LIFE TO THE GARAGE WITH THE PAINTING OF MURALS THROUGHOUT THE GROUND FLOOR. PHASE 1 OF THE MURAL PROGRAM WILL BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF OCTOBER, WITH THE SECOND PHASE BEING COMPLETED IN SPRING/SUMMER, 2017.

IN 2016, OUR CONVENTION CENTER TEAM, LED BY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CHRIS STEPHENS AND DAVE HOUSTON, PRESIDENT OF RES [ROSEMONT EXHIBITION SERVICES] HAS BEEN ABLE TO SECURE 12 NEW SHOWS AND NINE MORE IN 2017. THAT IS A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN THAT BUSINESS.

AT OUR ALLSTATE ARENA, WE CONTINUE TO LOOK FOR WAYS TO ENHANCE THE CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE. WE HAVE BEEN PLEASED WITH THE SUCCESS OF THE JACK DANIELS LOUNGE. SO PAT NAGLE [ALLSTATE ARENA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR] AND HIS TEAM CAME UP WITH A PLAN TO CREATE A NEW UNIQUE EXPERIENCE “THE RIVERS CASINO LOUNGE.” THIS WILL BE DONE BY CONVERTING FIVE OF THE UPPER EAST END SKYBOXES TO CREATE SOMEWHAT OF A SUPER SUITE. THIS IS ANOTHER WAY WE LOOK TO ENHANCE THAT CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE, MAKING VISITORS’ TRIPS TO THE ARENA MEMORABLE. THE CONSTRUCTION SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF THIS YEAR.

PAT AND HIS STAFF HAVE A STRONG LINE-UP AS THE YEAR COMES TO AN END. THE FOLLOWING ARE JUST SOME OF THE EVENTS THAT WILL TAKE PLACE THERE, IN ADDITION TO THE CHICAGO SKY’S AND CHICAGO WOLVES’ REGULAR SEASON PLAY, AND THE FINAL SEASON AT THE ARENA FOR THE DE PAUL MEN’S BASKETBALL PROGRAM.

WE HAVE SLATED PENTATONIX, KEITH URBAN, AMY SCHUMER, MARC ANTHONY, AS WELL AS THE ANNUAL APPEARANCE BY TRANS SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA AND AN APPEARANCE BY VENTRILOQUIST JEFF DUNHAM AT THE ALLSTATE ARENA.

CONGRATS TO ELENA DELLA DONNE AND DOUG BRUNO. ELENA IS THE STAR GUARD ON THE CHICAGO SKY WHO MADE A MAJOR CONTRIBUTION TO TEAM U.S.A.’S GOLD MEDAL VICTORY AT THE OLYMPICS IN RIO THIS YEAR. DOUG BRUNO WAS ASSISTANT COACH OF THAT TEAM. HE ALSO IS HEAD COACH OF THE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PROGRAM AT DE PAUL UNIVERSITY.

THE ROSEMONT THEATRE WILL CLOSE OUT 2016 WITH A STRONG CALENDAR, INCLUDING APPEARANCES BY GEORGE LOPEZ, CIRQUE MUSICA CHRISTMAS SHOW, JUSTIN MOORE AND LEE BRICE, TO NAME A FEW.

MOVING OVER TO MB PARK, OUR “COUNTRY IN THE PARK” AND “ROCKIN’IN THE PARK” EVENTS HAVE CONTINUED TO ATTRACT GREAT CROWDS FOR LIVE MUSIC AND AWESOME FIREWORKS FROM MEMORIAL DAY TO LABOR DAY. “FITNESS IN THE PARK” HAS BEEN A SUCCESS. THE PARTNERSHIP WITH “CORE POWER YOGA” AND ROSEMONT HEALTH & FITNESS “ZUMBA” CREATED OFFERINGS FOR THOSE LOOKING TO STAY IN SHAPE.

THE ANNUAL “DISTURBIA HAUNTED HOUSE” KICKS OFF ON SEPTEMBER 30, AND RUNS THROUGH NOVEMBER 5. ON OCTOBER 15, WE WILL HOST A FAMILY FUN FEST, INCLUDING PUMPKIN CARVING AND FACE PAINTING, ETC., WITH AN EVENING PERFORMANCE BY THE “CHICAGO SIX,” FEATURING CHICAGO BEARS FROM THE 1985 TEAM — OTIS WILSON, STEVE “MONGO” MCMICHAEL AND DAN HAMPTON.

“LIGHT UP THE PARK” WILL TAKE PLACE ON NOVEMBER 25, WITH TREE LIGHTING, SLEIGH RIDES AND AN APPEARANCE BY SANTA AND MRS. CLAUS. THIS EVENT OFFICIALLY OPENS THE ICE SKATING RINK. ON AVERAGE, NEARLY 30,000 SKATERS PER SEASON ENJOY THE FUN AT THE MB PARK RINK. ADDITIONALLY, NUMEROUS TEAMS PLAY HOCKEY THROUGHOUT JANUARY AND FEBRUARY, INCLUDING EVERYTHING FROM YOUTH PROGRAMS TO CLUB TEAMS. THERE ALSO IS A BLACKHAWKS ALUMNI GAME.

IN ADDITION TO ALL THE FUN ACTIVITIES AT MB PARK DURING THE HOLIDAYS, MAKE SURE YOU CHECK OUT THE NEW “SANTA HQ” ATTRACTION – SOMETHING THAT YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS AT FASHION OUTLETS OF CHICAGO..

THOSE ARE JUST SOME OF THE THINGS THAT ARE OFFERED AT OUR FABULOUS VENUES.

NOW LET‘S TALK ABOUT FUTURE DEVELOPMENT, AS THE VILLAGE BOARD HAD A FULL AGENDA TODAY. THEY APPROVED QUITE A FEW EXCITING ITEMS.

THE AREA WEST OF I-294 HAS BEEN VACANT LAND FOR THE PAST FEW YEARS. NOT ANYMORE! SOUTH OF THE BALMORAL AT PEARL STEET WE HAVE PUT TOGETHER A PLAN FOR “THE PEARL DISTRICT.”

THE DISTRICT WILL BE COMPOSED OF A 165-ROOM BOUTIQUE HOTEL NAMED THE ROSE, A 40,000- SQUARE-FOOT DAVE AND BUSTERS AND TWO RESTAURANTS. THIS DEVELOPMENT WILL BEGIN CONSTRUCTION IN THE SPRING OF 2017, WITH COMPLETION OF ALL THE VENUES SCHEDULED FOR SPRING/SUMMER 2018. THE VILLAGE ALREADY HAS STARTED THE STORMWATER DETENTION AS WELL AS UTILITY WORK ON THIS SITE.

ON THE NORTH OF BALMORAL, THE VILLAGE BOARD APPROVED A CONTRACT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A 6,300-SEAT BASEBALL STADIUM AND ADJOINING PARKING GARAGE. THIS PROJECT WILL BE THE HOME OF A NEW AMERICAN ASSOCIATION TEAM. THIS EXCITING PROJECT WILL BE READY FOR PLAY IN THE 2018 SEASON. IN ADDITION TO BASEBALL, WE WILL PRESENT CONCERTS AND OUTDOOR EVENTS THAT TYPICALLY NEED THIS TYPE OF VENUE FOR THEIR SHOWS AND PRODUCTIONS.

OUR PARTNER IN THIS VENTURE IS ROSEMONT ENTERTAINMENT GROUP. THE CO-OWNERS ARE LED BY MANAGING PARTNER SHAWN HUNTER, A FORMER AEG EXECUTIVE AND SOMEONE WITH MORE THAN 20 YEARS OF SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT EXPERIENCE, INCLUDING AN EXTENSIVE BACKGROUND IN MARKETING, SPONSORSHIP AND TICKET SALES. HIS PARTNER IS STEVEN GLUCKSTERN, WHO WAS AN OWNER OF THE PHOENIX COYOTES, THE NEW YORK ISLANDERS AND MORE. THEY OWN THE BASEBALL TEAM, BUT THEY ALSO WILL BE INVOLVED AS THE VILLAGE’S PARTNER IN PROGRAMMING THE NON-BASEBALL EVENTS.

FINALLY, CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR CHICAGO BANDITS!!! THEY ARE A MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL PRO (NPF) FASTPITCH LEAGUE (WOMEN’S PROFESSIONAL SOFTBALL), WHO JUST WON THEIR SPORT’S CHAMPIONSHIP – THE COWLES CUP – FOR THE FOURTH TIME – A LEAGUE RECORD. THIS YEAR’S CHAMPIONSHIP CREATED THEIR FIRST BACK-TO-BACK VICTORIES.

IN CLOSING, I WANT TO THANK YOU AGAIN FOR HAVING US HERE TODAY AND FOR YOUR ON-GOING SUPPORT OF THIS WONDERFUL COMMUNITY – YOU ALL ARE A PART OF WHAT MAKES US GREAT.

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