Report: State Employee Traded Sox Skybox For Lollapalooza Passes

CHICAGO (CBS) — A state employee is under the microscope for trading the use of a White Sox skybox for passes to Lollapalooza.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Brandis Friedman reports, the Chicago Sun-Times says Eric Stefancic, 36, who works as the marketing director for the state agency in charge of U.S. Cellular Field, gave free use of a state-owned skybox at the ballpark to promoters of the music festival.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Brandis Friedman reports

The promoters from C3 Presents accepted the offer, and afterward, Stefancic asked them for 10 to 12 free three-day passes for Lollapalooza festival in Grant Park, which was already sold out, the Sun-Times reported.

The promoters obliged and gave Stefancic the passes, the newspaper reported.

Now, the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, for which Stefancic works, has launched an investigation, the Sun-Times reported. It is against state law for employees of the state to solicit gifts from companies with which their agency is trying to conduct business.

Stefancic is paid $61,398 per year for his state job, the Sun-Times reported.

  • tom Sharp

    He clearly violated the law. Fire him first, then continue the investigation!

  • gerard lowry

    Fire him and him boss for letting this happen to the tax payers

    • ChicagoCitizen

      Letting what happen to the taxpayers? How did this guy going to Lallapalooza hurt you or any other taxpayer? I have no problem with this at all. Nobody should lose their job over something so petty and irrelevant.

  • Vivian Saegesser

    Why is the state paying for a sky box at US Cellular field? Is this how they spend my tax $$?

  • ChicagoCitizen

    It’s the state agency in charge of the ball park. They own a skybox as they should, being the agency in charge of the stadium!

    • tom Sharp

      Some Citizen! Don’t you ever tire of defending crooks and scammers feeding at the public trough??? What a loser you are!

      • ChicagoCitizen

        A handful of people got to go to a Sox game and a bunch of people got to go to Lallapalooza. How did a single taxpayer lose anything? I see no problem here. People need to lighten up.

  • Cmmc

    I am not understanding why this is so horrible, there was no money exchange they received good service and he received good service. He did not take nor offer money, he didn’t sell a senate seat and yes he works for a state agency but is not an elected official. Go after the people that are making the big money and going after people for “donations”.

  • tom Sharp

    Hey nitwit: those people went to the events on the taxpayers’ dime. Whatever it cost, we paid for it. If you think thais is an isolated incident, GROW UP!

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