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Wednesday, Aug 15, 2018

* The governor’s $1 million donation to the state fair’s foundation yesterday was actually a purchase of the Coliseum’s naming rights

Asked if the name picked for the Coliseum would be permanent or only last for a set time period, Elizabeth Tomev, spokeswoman for the governor, said “The details of the program will be announced soon.”

Past discussions about naming rights have included the idea that they could be purchased for a period of years. Slayton said in 2017 that preliminary discussions at the time for naming rights for the Coliseum, Grandstand and Exposition Building were in the range of $200,000 to $250,000 a year for five years.

Slayton said Tuesday that there had been discussions with an agriculture association to get to name the building for $1 million for five years, and the offer was sweetened to $1 million for 10 years, but it was passed over.

As for how long the naming rights purchased by the Rauners will last, Slayton said that will be up to the foundation board, which will meet after the State Fair. It would also be up to the board if the name would last forever. He noted the possibility that the name will come from an Illinois school child.

Some legal background is here.

* The Question: Your suggested name for the Coliseum?

- Posted by Rich Miller        

57 Comments
  1. - Not It - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 10:24 am:

    The Shake It Up Stadium


  2. - Demoralized - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 10:27 am:

    The Colisim


  3. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 10:27 am:

    The “Madigan”. It’s a circle. Rauner always circles back to blaming Madigab


  4. - DarkHorse - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 10:27 am:

    Naming rights for $1 million? Does he get naming rights to Harold for his $1 million as well?


  5. - stlboy - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 10:28 am:

    Failuredome


  6. - Hamlet's Ghost - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 10:28 am:

    Covfefe Afucio


  7. - Wensicia - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 10:31 am:

    Shamiseum


  8. - El Conquistador - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 10:31 am:

    Rauner’s Folly


  9. - Humboldt Boulevard - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 10:32 am:

    The Best Coliseum in America


  10. - ISU alum - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 10:33 am:

    Billionsaire Bowl


  11. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 10:35 am:

    Janus Coliseum


  12. - Henry Francis - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 10:40 am:

    Rauner’s House of Bull.


  13. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 10:41 am:

    The Bruce V. Rauner Hammer and Shake Shack.


  14. - Blago's Hare - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 10:43 am:

    The Poserdome


  15. - And now - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 10:43 am:

    TGI Fridays


  16. - Nick Name - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 10:45 am:

    No Effin Problems Arena


  17. - Blago's Hare - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 10:47 am:

    The Asstrodome


  18. - Red Rider - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 10:48 am:

    The sweadish double wide,all signs must have a typo in them it’s the law.


  19. - Da Big Bad Wolf - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 10:53 am:

    AFUCIO Coliseum


  20. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 10:54 am:

    Right to Work Arena


  21. - RNUG - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 10:54 am:

    Rauner Roller Rink


  22. - Texas Red - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 10:55 am:

    The Turn Around


  23. - Almost the weekend - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 10:55 am:

    Duquoin Colessium, and close the Duquoin State Fair.

    Side Note, I like the Duquoin Fair better than the one in Springfield. Just a different atmosphere. Would have loved to been around in the mid 20th century during The Hambletonian. Seeing people from all over the world head to small town Duquoin for the face. Must have been a sight to see.


  24. - RNUG - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 10:56 am:

    Rauner Runaround


  25. - RNUG - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 10:57 am:

    Reelection Roundhouse


  26. - Near west side - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 10:58 am:

    Guaranteed Tax Rate Field


  27. - JS Mill - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 11:02 am:

    The Village Peoples Pledge Pallace or The VP3


  28. - Anotherretiree - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 11:03 am:

    Zero G Arena


  29. - RNUG - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 11:04 am:

    Rauner Ranch House


  30. - RNUG - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 11:06 am:

    Perdifity Pavilion


  31. - Flat Bed Ford - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 11:08 am:

    CapFax Coliseum

    …A place where the bull flows freely


  32. - Norseman - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 11:13 am:

    Rauner Failed Forum


  33. - City Zen - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 11:26 am:

    Hyatt Regency


  34. - Keyrock - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 11:32 am:

    The Toilet Bowl.
    No, wait, that’s already used by the Bears.


  35. - Arthur Andersen - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 11:44 am:

    Runaground Arena


  36. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 11:52 am:

    Peyton Prep


  37. - Streator Curmudgeon - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 11:59 am:

    Lie-O-Sphere


  38. - hisgirlfriday - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 11:59 am:

    Illinois State Fair Share Fees Memorial Coliseum


  39. - Shake - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 11:59 am:

    Thunderdome..


  40. - Streator Curmudgeon - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 12:02 pm:

    Fibplex


  41. - BlueDogDem - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 12:05 pm:

    Veterans Stadium.


  42. - Glengarry - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 12:08 pm:

    The Step Raise Dome


  43. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 12:17 pm:

    Diana’s Hard-carved Italian Marble Foyer.


  44. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 12:18 pm:

    The No Social Agenda Arena


  45. - pipersls - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 12:18 pm:

    Dropped 1,000 G’s for This


  46. - Sally Says - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 12:25 pm:

    Generous donation, don’t want to take that away from Rauner. Nor do I want to dump all over people involved with this Fair Foundation. But, click the link for the legal background, story from a year ago about a “draft” legal memo that says Foundation can give away the rights to name a state asset, with the final ok by the Department. Excuse me? Who authorized the give away of a state asset with money going to a foundation?? Most foundations associated with an agency or university are created by passing a law-no law has been passed, signed into law that gives any type of legal rights to a fair foundation. Go ahead and blame Madigan if you want as there have been bills proposed to establish a fair foundation, but none of them have gone anywhere. Again, glad for donation, but this is something that need to be careful about-slippery slip. Remember under Blago when they were going to sell naming rights? Fiasco.


  47. - SoIL - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 12:44 pm:

    The Bicenntenial AFUCIO He-man Madigan Haters Club

    Open on Fridays


  48. - IllinoisBoi - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 2:04 pm:

    Quincy Veterans’ Home Memorial Coliseum


  49. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 2:13 pm:

    The flannel center


  50. - Stumpy's bunker - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 2:40 pm:

    PUBRAD Arena. (Propped Up Before Rauner’s Anticipated Departure)


  51. - 312 - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 2:55 pm:

    Rauner’s Fantasy Costume Closet


  52. - Soapbox Derby - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 3:02 pm:

    Immovable Toilets Dome


  53. - Chicago 20 - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 3:37 pm:

    That’s the only way Rauner will get a State building named after him.

    What a legacy gift to himself.


  54. - Flynn's Mom - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 4:23 pm:

    The House of 1000 Costumes


  55. - Anon221 - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 4:45 pm:

    Asked if the name picked for the Coliseum would be permanent or only last for a set time period, Elizabeth Tomev, spokeswoman for the governor, said “The details of the program will be announced soon.”
    —-
    Part of the namin’ rights contest for the school kids, will be that “Rauner” must included in the full proposed name. ( possibly not snark)


  56. - Jocko - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 6:11 pm:

    Persistent Rascal Place


  57. - walker - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 8:13 pm:

    Borrow and Spend Arena


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