Joliet resident urges return of Electric Daisy Carnival
BY BOB OKON firstname.lastname@example.org June 18, 2013 5:16PM
Kevin J. Griffin of Joliet | Photo by Bob Okon~Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 20, 2013 6:46AM
Bring back Electric Daisy Carnival, and let it run until 4 a.m. again.
It’s not a sentiment heard very often since the music festival that roared over the Memorial Day weekend in Joliet generated hundreds of noise complaints from surrounding towns.
But Kevin J. Griffin of Joliet delivered petitions with 1,300 signatures in support of the Electric Daisy Carnival and noted that’s three times the signatures from petitions trying to stop the event next year.
“I believe that our community was able to successfully host this event, which is a world-class event,” Griffin told the Joliet City Council at a Monday meeting before handing in the petitions.
The Electric Daisy Carnival, an electronic dance music festival held in several cities around the country, took place at Chicagoland Speedway. Residents in neighboring towns as far away as Mokena complained about the throbbing bass sound coming from the event, and Joliet officials have said they will have to control the noise if the event returns.
But Griffin contended that people, prompted by pre-event news reports suggesting high drug use at such events, were expecting more trouble than developed at the Electric Daisy Carnival.
“They were upset before it ever happened,” Griffin said after his presentation to the council. “None of those problems happened, so they latched onto the noise problem.”
This was the first year for the Electric Daisy Carnival in the Chicago area. Insomniac, the event’s promoter, has not announced whether it will return to Joliet. But both Insomniac management and Joliet officials had said beforehand that they would like to see the popular music festival become an annual event. About 20,000 people a day attended the Electric Daisy Carnival at Chicagoland Speedway.
Mayor Thomas Giarrante said the city has not yet heard from Insomniac or the speedway about whether they plan to bring the event back in 2014.
But, he said, “I think they do. ... We’ve been taking notes of people’s complaints. If they do in fact come back, we’ll have to make some adjustments.”
Joliet officials have said that the crowd was well behaved at the event. There were drug overdose cases, but city officials said they did not occur at a high rate.
The city has reported that 30 people were transported by ambulance to local hospitals during the three-day event. Those cases included 14 drug overdoses and seven intoxicated patients.
“The problem was statistically insignificant,” Griffin told the council, urging them to allow the Electric Daisy Carnival to return “with the same 4 a.m. end time.”