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Why the Elgin Symphony Orchestra is atypical in the suburbs

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The Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra has a total budget of about $270,000, including about $22,000 from a community grant from the city of Elmhurst. The orchestra is pictured in a past performance at The Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church.

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This year, the 85-member DuPage Symphony Orchestra received three grants totaling $34,500 from the city of Naperville's special events and cultural amenities fund. That's about 20 percent of the orchestra's budget.

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The 65-member Fox Valley Orchestra, has an annual budget of about $150,000 and has received no money from the city of Aurora in the last couple of years. Here, mezzo-soprano Victoria Linich, left, performs with the FVO in 2011.

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The Elgin Symphony Orchestra is the largest professional orchestra in the suburbs and second largest in the state.

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The Elgin Symphony Orchestra is atypical among its suburban counterparts because it received direct funding from the city of Elgin -- on average $125,000 yearly from the community's share of revenues from Grand Victoria Casino -- until a couple of years ago. Those days are over, though, and the ESO may soon have to join its peers in seeking community grants instead.
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    • The Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra has a total budget of about $270,000, including about $22,000 from a community grant from the city of Elmhurst. The orchestra is pictured in a past performance at The Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church.
    • This year, the 85-member DuPage Symphony Orchestra received three grants totaling $34,500 from the city of Napervilleís special events and cultural amenities fund. Thatís about 20 percent of the orchestraís budget.
    • The 65-member Fox Valley Orchestra, has an annual budget of about $150,000 and has received no money from the city of Aurora in the last couple of years. Here, mezzo-soprano Victoria Linich, left, performs with the FVO in 2011.
    • The Elgin Symphony Orchestra is the largest professional orchestra in the suburbs and second largest in the state.
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