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Joliet mayor to form Rialto ‘blue ribbon’ committee

Brock A. Stein | 1/5/2017, midnight
Due to the overwhelming response to fill the vacant positions on the Rialto Square Board, Mayor O'Dekirk has announced the ...
The Joliet City Council Photo by Brock A. Stein

As he moves to fill four spots to the Will County Metropolitan Exposition and Auditorium Authority (WCMEAA) board, Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk Tuesday said that he’s also considering the formation of another committee to help guide the Rialto Square Theater.

Following the resignation of the entire WCMEAA board on December 29, O’Dekirk said that he’s received “dozens” of inquiries from volunteers interested in serving on the board.

“It’s clear that there are a lot a people in the community who want to be part of the solution for the Rialto,” said O’Dekirk at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

To capture that interest, and some of the talent in the community, O’Dekirk said that he was also making plans to form what he called a “blue ribbon committee of people in our community, community leaders to come together.”

O’Dekirk said that he’s been “consistent” in his views on the theater and his push to find a long-term solution to its financial struggles.

“We need to continue on that road and look for a long term solution,” he said, noting that the organization still faces “significant problems with the theater, with the finances.”

“I think we need to bring qualified, educated motivated people together in this community and work together to solve the problem,” he said.

The mayor said that he would work over the next two weeks to formalize the plan for the panel and would have more information for the public at the city council’s January 17 meeting when he also expects to present his four appointments to the WCMEAA board.

O’Dekirk asked anyone in the community interested in serving on the Rialto Square Board or on the blue ribbon panel to contact his office at city hall, 150 W Jefferson St., (815) 724-4000