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Council members won’t get paid for chronic absences

Joliet City Council members who habitually miss the city’s twice-monthly public meetings will no longer continue to be paid after notching 5 absences. The city council voted last week to approve the amendment that will stop pay for council members who continue to miss meetings. Under the new rules, a council member who misses 5 meetings within a 52-week, rolling calendar, won’t be paid for their next missed meeting. Council member Jan Quillman said that she asked for the city’s staff to look in to making the change after seeing chronic absenteeism on previous incarnations of the city council.

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Shorewood mayor delivers good news at state of the village

If things had gone differently, Shorewood Mayor Rick Chapman may not have been around to deliver his latest state of the village address. Chapman thanked the “guardian angels” from Troy Fire Protection District who responded to a call to the mayor’s home in February for what turned out to be a heart attack brought on by a blocked artery. He was transported to the hospital and after a procedure was back home within a day. “I’m good for another 100,000 miles,” said Chapman during the state of the village address before a noon-time audience at the Troy Township. “I feel better than I ever did.”

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State jobs report shows upward trend

A recently revised report from the Illinois Department of Employment Security showed that the state gained 2000 jobs in December after showing an initial loss of over 16,000. In addition, a report for January showed the state added another 1,700 to its employment rolls. John Greuling, President and CEO of the Will County Center for Economic Development called the upward trend “interesting” but said that the state still has a way to go before reaching parity with neighboring states. “Quite frankly if you look at what we haven’t gained since the recovery started we’re still miles behind where we should be compared to our peers,” he said.

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Shorewood mayoral election stirs up ‘hard feelings’

When he appointed her to the village board in 2014, Shorewood Mayor Rick Chapman praised Barbara “Cookie” Kirkland’s strong ties to the community and her dedication to service. Kirkland, who was being appointed to serve out the remainder of recently-passed board member Cene Schwartz’s term, had already served on the board previously but left office in 2003 to spend more time with her grandchildren. In addition to her time on the village board, Kirkland also had served on the parks and recreation committee and had served in various capacities on local police and fire boards as well. She also had the pedigree as a member of one of the founding families of the village with her dad, Dave Barry, having previously served as village president during the 1980s and who helped to incorporate the village when it was established in 1957.

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Crowded field of Joliet council candidates reach out to voters

11 of 15 candidates turned out for the second Joliet City council at-large forum hosted by People United for Change.

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New live music venue coming to Joliet

City also hears details of plans to re-open Chicago Street.

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Joliet approves mayoral emergency closure powers

Joliet has approved an amendment that will give the mayor's office the power to temporarily close a business if it is determined to be involved in criminal acts.

Joliet downtown venue to serve lunch: Details revealed for Chicago Street

Fans of live music will be able to enjoy a venue soon in Joliet’s downtown where they can catch a concert and even grab lunch. The city council on Tuesday approved a liquor license for The Forge, 22 W. Cass St., site of the former The Tree music venue. The city’s liquor commissioner said that the license would be approved pending completion of some updating at the club and final inspections. Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk said that the remodeling will expand the capacity of the club which closed at the end of 2016 according to its website. Frank Mastalerz of FM Entertainment, one of the partners in the venture, and the talent booker for the new club said that he planned to host 60-80 shows at the site during its first year. In addition to hosting live music, the new owners plan to book the venue for private functions and will be open for lunch service as well. Mastalerz, a former talent buyer for Toyota Park in Bridgeview, said that he specializes in rock bands and would be working to “make it a destination spot” for fans from their teens up to their 60s. He said that he would be looking to bring “marquee names” to Joliet including national bands.

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Police continue search of Joliet home for missing woman

Authorities from the Illinois State Police and the FBI were continuing work this week at a home on S. Margaret Street in Joliet that may be connected to a missing person’s case from 1990.

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Joliet reclaiming lost revenue through auditing service

The City of Joliet has been successful in recouping some lost tax revenue through their contract with a third party auditing firm.

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