Conference Center Renamed after Forme...

Conference Center Renamed after Former Normal Mayor

There are 1 comment on the WMBD-TV Peoria story from Feb 5, 2012, titled Conference Center Renamed after Former Normal Mayor. In it, WMBD-TV Peoria reports that:

The Town of Normal officially renamed the Marriott Conference Center in Uptown Sunday.

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The Anti-Flower Child

Normal, IL

#1 Feb 6, 2012
Someone(s) must be wanting me to say something nice, or to see if I'm capable of it. Well, sure, sort of. This one goes in the Plus column, cosmetic though it be. I'm so fed up with these people (the Council), Ninny in particular, that, when I saw the headline on this, I quite naturally assumed he had dubbed the conference center the "Kent Karraker Center", after the man who quite literally (and illegally) handed the mayorship to the most junior councilmember, then split out to CA like he was Wile E. Coyote. And, I was ready to come out swinging.
But. No. This act by Mister Mayor N., was a correct, right and proper thing. Carol Reitan Does have a legacy, she Is a bit of a legend in this town, she held the fort and built onto it, too, THE WAY ONE IS SUPPOSED TO. She always showed herself, a Normalite without pretension. And, this gift to her and the fine work she did, is, yes, it's a Gold Star on the current mayoral sheet. An otherwise muddied sheet, mind you. But, I can't contest honoring a big success in a big way.
...not the least reason for which, is that the Marriott had its name replaced by that of a PERSON, an honest-to-gosh *human being*. I'm Old School, you know that. I resent corporate naming of facilities. Like, I say "White Sox Park", for example, not the name of some half-good wireless company. The *White Sox* play there!...and, Carol Reitan worked here. For us. Doing the best she possibly could. Sadly, we are, in the end, doomed to suffer the limitations of the wisdom of the few the few of us allow into office. Their judgments run the gamut. In this town, many of those judgments are questionable.
This one is not. Kudos. And, N.? You may have a Smartie.

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