“We are disappointed in Skepticon’s choice,” said a source within the Chamber. “We feel that we had a competitive bid, and we feel that Bolingbrook is a great site for any convention.”
Skepticon, which describes itself as “The largest free skeptic conference in the nation, and possibly the universe,” is known for its coverage of both skeptical and social justice issues. Sources within the Chamber say that winning the Skepticon bid could have been a big boost to tourism in Bolingbrook.
“Sure, Skepticon is filled with so-called social justice activists,” said another source. “But they would have been our social justice activists, and even the most die-hard social justice activists need to spend money on food and hotels. We could have made huge profits if we’d gotten this convention. Just look at what it did for Springfield, MO.”
Sources within the Skepticon organization said they were flattered by Bolingbrook’s bid, but never seriously considered it.
One source, who asked to be called Rose, explained the reasons: “Most of us live in Missouri, so Bolingbrook is too far away for us. Plus, most of the venues in Bolingbrook are too small for us. The only place that we could hold it in was the Bolingbrook Golf Club, and even the discounted price was too much for us.”
The sources said they appreciated Bolingbrook’s efforts to make new homes accessible for people with disabilities, but cited other problems with Bolingbrook. Among them were: a lack of public transportation options from both Chicago airports; a lack of sidewalks in Bolingbrook; and the distance between hotels and nearby restaurants.
Another source, who asked to be called Steve, had harsher words for Bolingbrook: “We could not, in good conscience, go to Bolingbrook. Its mayor not only endorsed Trump but raised money for him as well. We don’t expect our host mayors to be perfect, but (Mayor Roger Claar) is too far from perfect for us to move Skepticon to his community.”
Publicly, Skepticon denied ever receiving a bid from the Bolingbrook Chamber: “We have no record of such a bid, and we’re skeptical that you interviewed anyone connected to Skepticon. You can meet us in St. Louis next year. Or the year after, or whenever we decide to start up Skepticon again.”
The Bolingbrook Chamber officially denied placing a bid for Skepticon: “The Babbler is already under a lifetime membership ban. If we could extend it to two lifetimes, we would!”
A receptionist answered a call to Claar’s office. She said, “I’m sure Roger has never heard of Skepticon, and I’m skeptical of your sources for this so-called story.”
In the background, a man who sounded like Claar said, “So Charline, this is the letter you want to send to Bolingbrook’s churches if the Johnson Amendment is repealed.”
“Yes. Once churches are allowed to endorse political candidates, it will be important to control them. Just like you took control of the Village Board and the Chamber of Commerce.”
“Well, I didn’t really take control of the Chamber—Oh my God!”
“Charline, you really wrote, ‘Church and state make each other great.’ Seriously?”
“What’s wrong with that?”
Also in the Babbler:
Russian snow attack against Bolingbrook fails
Crocoducks spotted in Bolingbrook
Sources: Mayor Claar threatens to move all of Bolingbrook into DuPage County
God to smite Bolingbrook on 11/15/17