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Article updated: 8/15/2013 5:38 AM

Hemmens boiler repair cost puts heat on ESO

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The Hemmens Auditorium.

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A decision to spend $273,000 to replace three boilers at the Hemmens Cultural Center was called "a catch 22" by one Elgin councilman and "insanity" by another. Councilmen John Prigge and Terry Gavin said they understood the need for the expense, but they also expressed frustration that the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, the Hemmens' largest renter, owes the city about $304,000 in back rent.
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