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Joliet holding special meeting Wed. to discuss Rialto

12/13/2016, 9:54 a.m.
The Joliet City Council will hold a special meeting on Wed. to discuss a proposed intergovernmental agreement with the Rialto ...
The Rialto Theater in Joliet. Photo by Brock A. Stein

The Joliet City Council will be holding a special on Wednesday, December 14 to discuss an intergovernmental agreement with the Rialto Square Theater’s governing board.

The meeting is set to start at 6 p.m. at Joliet City Hall, 150 W. Jefferson St.

The city rejected a proposal from VenuWorks, the third-party management company that runs the Rialto, to include $500,000 in annual funding in its 2017 budget.

Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk has said previously that the city would need to have greater access to the Rialto’s financial records and a clearer picture of how tax payer funds are being spent before agreeing to earmark more funding for the theater.

The most-recent proposal from the Rialto asked the city for an annual budget of $500,000 for 4 years.

In its council meeting last week, City Manager Jim Hock proposed that the city take over ownership and management of the theater as a permanent solution to the organization's budgetary and funding difficulties.