Organizers of last month’s Feast of Our Lady Guadalupe celebration in Des Plaines say they are shocked by a big security bill from the city.
The city sent a $30,000 bill to the organizers of the festival.
In previous years, organizers have pay about $3,000 to cover the city’s expenses.
Organizers say city officials warned them the bill would be more this year, but they did not expect it to be so high.
Des Plaines Police Chief William Kushner says the bill covers the cost of overtime for auxiliary and police officers who worked to help control crowds and traffic flow to the overnight event that attracts up to 100,000 people.
In past years, the city has covered most of the costs.
Festival organizers they will use donations to pay the city.