Will Zion ever get a baseball stadium?

Will Zion ever get a baseball stadium?

Created by Baseball Fever on Feb 23, 2010

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are you kidding?

That's a laugh ...

Another Tax Payer ripoff

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Fever

Gurnee, IL

#22 Feb 17, 2011
How about that city council descision to use WATER FUND MONIES to pay for the baseball stadium????

How is this even a thought much less a reality?
Check the ZB newspaper, says it all !!

Where is KEVIN COSTNER's dough????
just what zion needs

United States

#23 Apr 22, 2011
wtf-this area is doomed
old zion

United States

#25 May 2, 2011
dont you just love this town......
Wake Up

Lake Zurich, IL

#26 Jun 7, 2011
Hey Zion suckers: When are you fools going to speak up and demand some answers from the dopes that are running your city. They are going to use YOUR money to put up another dumpy "stadium", and it's going to be another big time money loser, just like last year.
WAKE UP!
Javier

Chicago, IL

#27 Jun 7, 2011
Zion should build soccer team instead because of ever growing latino population. We work hard. We deserve.
Just Saying

Peoria, AZ

#30 Jun 18, 2011
The fate of the Lake County Fielders, is it just a field of dreams after all? With 14 wins and only 7 loses the Fielders are the leaders in the North American League Division however the financial state of the team may cause these hard working athletes to put their bats down and walk away with nothing but a dream of what could have been.
It is sad to think that their hopes and hard work of being the division champions could be pulled right from under them because of the actions of the team’s owner, Rich Ehrenreich. He bankrupted Schaumburg flyers leaving them $750,000 in debt, or at least this is the rumor and he is doing the same thing to the Lake County Fielders.
The players, the manager and coaches have only been paid a small portion of what is owed to them, they have to fight to get meal money to eat while on the road and due to lack of funds they are lucky to get flights out to the various locations to play and when they do it is last minute, they usually don’t get to sleep as they are leaving late in the night or early in the morning and often arriving minutes before their game. Most of them have had to pay for their own bags and the coaches and manager is pulling money out of their own pockets to keep this team going.
The front office staff has not been paid in over 8 weeks and most of them are quitting. The owner has no money to fund this team and the team will be lucky if they make it back from Maui without having to buy their own tickets. It doesn’t look likely the fielders will even make it back to Illinois for their opening day. The field is not complete, there are no stands, there is no dug out nor do they have a locker room to get dressed in and this is supposed to be a professional ball team.
It is not the lack of effort from the managers, coaches or players but it is taking a toll on the moral of the team. What is really sad is this team is like no other team I have ever seen before. Having had an opportunity to see this team up close and personal for most of the season now these boys have a deep love for the game, a strong passion to play and an unbelievable respect for their coaches as well as one another. The team is really like one big family with 27 brothers who all have each other’s back. Where one may lack the others pick up and they all work together as a family would with little to no drama amongst them.
I am not sure why the Independent league Chairman or even Kevin Costner is not stepping up to help fund these boys so they can complete their season. I am not exactly sure how this man Rich Ehrenreich keeps getting away with his shenanigans over and over and over. He is not being honest with this team or the staff and this is certainly no way to run a business let alone a team.
Since the sale of the Schaumburg flyers may not take place, I think if Adriano Pedrelli wants to own a team he should by the fielders right now so these boys can complete their season. If not him, maybe someone can step up and take this team over for the failing Mr. Ehrenreich so these boys can continue to do what they do best. I wouldn’t give the money to Rich though I would control the budget and accounting myself and force Mr. Ehrenreich to relinquish his rights to the team he continues to drive into the ground…..I’m just saying!
Cal Ripkin

Zion, IL

#31 Jun 19, 2011
Obviously you're aptitude for finance is in the remedial range. It takes millions, yes millions to start a professional sports team. It's a business. No really cares about "the boys"
as the are expendable and easily replacable. It's business. The Fielders don't make any money and they should have better representation. That fact that they were given a home in Zion, IL says it all. This is a town that is so desperate to curb its downward spiral that the board cn be talked into anything. It is quickly becoming the section 8 capitol of Lake County.
brae

Racine, WI

#32 Jun 19, 2011
Javier wrote:
Zion should build soccer team instead because of ever growing latino population. We work hard. We deserve.
are you serious ? something else to entice illegals here? i can understand if they are legal but come on now, you want to be catered to for the sport you play also ?::sigh::
Just Saying

Peoria, AZ

#33 Jun 21, 2011
Cal, I realize it takes millions to start a professional sports team. With that being said the point I was making is Mr. Ehrenreich doesn’t have a pot to piss in to begin with so why did he pull so many others into his financial mess. "The boys" shouldn’t have to pay for this man’s financial downfall.
Regardless if the boys are so expendable and easy replaceable as you say, any replacement will be in the same situation...Broke, playing for no money. I do agree the team should have better representation which would increase their revenue regardless of where their home is...these kids are talented, which is why they are the leaders in the division. They deserve better...that's all!
Wake Up

Arlington Heights, IL

#34 Jun 30, 2011
What "Just Saying" is true. The player are not being paid. I saw two of them post as much on the Fielders facebook page. The thread has, of course, been deleted. What a classy organization-a nice fit for a city like Zion, I'd say.
Concerned

Vestal, NY

#35 Jun 30, 2011
What Wake Up just said ia absolutely true! Also, they are not getting paid and we are waiting to here about the fate of these players and this team as I have a son there.
Alice

Coal City, IL

#36 Jun 30, 2011
How much does a minor league player earn in one season?
Wake Up

Arlington Heights, IL

#37 Jul 1, 2011
Apparently zero if you work for Rich Ehrenriech.
miller

United States

#38 Jan 5, 2012
Dino wrote:
<quoted text>
Regarding that illegal search and seizure, false arrest, conspiracy suit against the vilage of Zion: I recently saw Sergeants Alan Loether and Kevin McCarthy on patrol. Weren't they named in that suit? Why are they still employed? What kind of low-life do we have on the police force? We definately need a new mayor.
They need a new of everything, start with the commissioners, work them self down.(mayor)
miller

United States

#39 Jan 5, 2012
Wake Up wrote:
Hey Zion suckers: When are you fools going to speak up and demand some answers from the dopes that are running your city. They are going to use YOUR money to put up another dumpy "stadium", and it's going to be another big time money loser, just like last year.
WAKE UP!
well said .. Wake up ZION.......
miller

United States

#40 Jan 5, 2012
brae wrote:
<quoted text>are you serious ? something else to entice illegals here? i can understand if they are legal but come on now, you want to be catered to for the sport you play also ?::sigh::
Give the project that Ochoa has , they are known for several Sports, relative Lorena Ochoa, recognize Golfer.
zionrez

Waukegan, IL

#41 Apr 24, 2012
Just Saying wrote:
The fate of the Lake County Fielders, is it just a field of dreams after all? With 14 wins and only 7 loses the Fielders are the leaders in the North American League Division however the financial state of the team may cause these hard working athletes to put their bats down and walk away with nothing but a dream of what could have been.
It is sad to think that their hopes and hard work of being the division champions could be pulled right from under them because of the actions of the team’s owner, Rich Ehrenreich. He bankrupted Schaumburg flyers leaving them $750,000 in debt, or at least this is the rumor and he is doing the same thing to the Lake County Fielders.
The players, the manager and coaches have only been paid a small portion of what is owed to them, they have to fight to get meal money to eat while on the road and due to lack of funds they are lucky to get flights out to the various locations to play and when they do it is last minute, they usually don’t get to sleep as they are leaving late in the night or early in the morning and often arriving minutes before their game. Most of them have had to pay for their own bags and the coaches and manager is pulling money out of their own pockets to keep this team going.
The front office staff has not been paid in over 8 weeks and most of them are quitting. The owner has no money to fund this team and the team will be lucky if they make it back from Maui without having to buy their own tickets. It doesn’t look likely the fielders will even make it back to Illinois for their opening day. The field is not complete, there are no stands, there is no dug out nor do they have a locker room to get dressed in and this is supposed to be a professional ball team.
It is not the lack of effort from the managers, coaches or players but it is taking a toll on the moral of the team. What is really sad is this team is like no other team I have ever seen before. Having had an opportunity to see this team up close and personal for most of the season now these boys have a deep love for the game, a strong passion to play and an unbelievable respect for their coaches as well as one another. The team is really like one big family with 27 brothers who all have each other’s back. Where one may lack the others pick up and they all work together as a family would with little to no drama amongst them.
I am not sure why the Independent league Chairman or even Kevin Costner is not stepping up to help fund these boys so they can complete their season. I am not exactly sure how this man Rich Ehrenreich keeps getting away with his shenanigans over and over and over. He is not being honest with this team or the staff and this is certainly no way to run a business let alone a team.
Since the sale of the Schaumburg flyers may not take place, I think if Adriano Pedrelli wants to own a team he should by the fielders right now so these boys can complete their season. If not him, maybe someone can step up and take this team over for the failing Mr. Ehrenreich so these boys can continue to do what they do best. I wouldn’t give the money to Rich though I would control the budget and accounting myself and force Mr. Ehrenreich to relinquish his rights to the team he continues to drive into the ground…..I’m just saying!
Maybe you should have said this BEFORE the "leaders" in zion courted him. It only takes about 3 minutes on the internet to have known all of this BEFORE he was invited to the city of zion, taxpayers were questioning this long before the city "leaders" were.

The general public at large knew what he was doing before he set up shop here, so why invite this mess? I do think the reasons will be brought forth in court.
Of course, this is my opinion only. But I will be watching from the gallery.
For you

Schaumburg, IL

#42 Apr 25, 2012
Zion is incapable of responsible money handling. Not to mention the people running zion would never think of doing anything for the residents of the small city. If there is no money to be had for the politicians of zion, it won't happen. So sad.
trc

Waukegan, IL

#43 Apr 25, 2012
from chicago sun times wrote:
Since 1999, Schaumburg taxpayers have been forced to give nearly $20 million to build a stadium and assist the operation of the Schaumburg Flyers Professional Baseball corporation. Area residents and businesses also have had to make up the multi-million-dollar property tax exemption granted to the stadium.
It should come to no surprise that Richard Ehrenreich has made a fortune from this lavish corporate welfare and special tax breaks. A report in Satisfaction Magazine in October 2006 stated “Ehrenreich’s 1999 investment of just over $1 million may well be worth $8 million to $10 million today.”
Ehrenreich has an extensive track record of not paying vendors, employees, the Schaumburg Park District, or the Village of Schaumburg on time. Why do the Schaumburg village board and Mayor Al Larson continue to soak us for a deadbeat business owner getting rich on the taxpayers’ dime? Let's hope Zion doesn't repeat Schaumburg's mistakes.
oops, too late, guess no one at zion city hall reads the newspapers ...

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