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Chicagoland Speedway exec meets with residents about Electric Daisy Carnival

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NEW LENOX, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

For Toni Marcum and her family, the Electric Daisy Carnival was more than just annoying loud music that traveled the distance to her Manhattan neighborhood. For her daughter, Skyler, 7, it was a three-day nightmare.

Skyler was born 16 weeks premature at 1-pound, 4-ounces and 11 inches long. In her first seven years, she has survived 35 surgeries and a feeding tube until her fifth birthday. Now, she has sensory processing dysfunction and cerebral palsy.

For Skyler, the thumping from the concert was overwhelming. It could not be shut out by simply closing the windows.

"What I can't believe, what I think was completely unforgivable was that anyone thought 4 a.m. was acceptable," Marcum said about the time the concert ended.

SEE: Electric Daisy Carnival causes uproar in southern suburbs

The electronic dance music festival drew about 20,000 people to Chicagoland Speedway each night during the three-night Memorial Day Weekend. But the concert went on until 4 a.m. each night and could be heard from miles away ­— prompting a significant public outcry that lead to the concert promoters promising to turn down the volume for the event's final two nights.

Scott Paddock, president of the Chicagoland Speedway, where the concert was held, met with about 30 residents from Joliet, New Lenox, Elwood and Manhattan Thursday evening at the New Lenox Village Hall. New Lenox Mayor Tim Baldermann and Manhattan Mayor Jamie Doyle also were there.

Baldermann said more than 500 calls came through the 911 call center over the three days.

"I felt Scott Paddock was very genuine in his respect to the issues and I'm confident that when it's all said and done, our residents won't be negatively impacted by this again," Baldermann said.

The discussions were described as civil and respectful.

"Houses were literally shaking," Baldermann said. "The real issue is the bass, and that bass is not acceptable at any hour."

Paddock would not confirm whether the speedway had planned to bring the concert back next year. He told residents, however, that their comments did not fall on deaf ears. Their feedback will be taken into account for future events, he said.

"We have been, and will continue to be, a good corporate citizen," Paddock said in an interview after the meeting.

Nevertheless, residents said they wanted answers.

"This is not going to go away until we hear a public answer," MaryBeth Soukup of New Lenox told Paddock.

Soukup said she was impressed that Paddock agreed to meet with them. Her husband, Chuck, was the organizer of the meeting.

"This is the first time we actually had a problem with (the speedway)," Doyle said, adding he was in Wisconsin when he received emails complaining about the sound.

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