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.READ MORE: Chicago Weather Alert: Heavy Lake Effect Snow To Continue Through Early Afternoon, With 4-7 Inches Already Fallen
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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.READ MORE: Chicago Weather Alert: Flight Cancellations At Chicago Airports Amid Heavy Lake Effect Snow
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.MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather Alert: Snow Totals From Lake Effect Snowstorm
Stefancic is paid $61,398 per year for his state job, the Sun-Times reported.