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Governor appoints Robert Filotto to Rialto board

Robert Filotto
Robert Filotto

JOLIET – The first appointment to the new Rialto Square Theatre board has been made.

Robert Filotto, a Joliet accountant and business owner who served on the board when it was first formed in the early 1980s, was appointed Wednesday by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Filotto is the first of three appointments that eventually will be made by the governor after the entire Rialto board resigned last week.

"I felt like it was time to step forward and offer my services again as a board member," Filotto said.

His appointment is a timely one, since the Rialto will need at least one appointment from the governor to do business.

In addition to Rauner's three appointments, Mayor Bob O'Dekirk has four appointments to the board.

O'Dekirk this week said he will present four names to the city council for approval at its Jan. 17 meeting, noting that the Rialto board needs five members to form a quorum that can hold meetings.

O'Dekirk said he has been contacted by dozens of people interested in joining the board. He said anyone interested should send a resume to his office at city hall.

Filotto said he applied for the gubernatorial appointment last week but before the entire Rialto board resigned Thursday.

Some board members' terms were coming to an end in December. Filotto's appointment technically replaces Vicki Murphy, a governor appointee whose term expired in early December. Board members can continue to serve after their term expires if a new appointment has not yet been made.

Filotto said he joined the Will County Exposition and Auditorium Authority, the formal name of the governmental body commonly called the Rialto board, in the early 1980s when the authority was formed to oversee the formerly private theater.

"I tried over the years to support the Rialto," Filotto said. "I think it's a very unique asset that we all should be quite proud of."

Filotto brings some historical perspective to the Rialto from his previous years on the board, along with a financial background. He has a master's degree in business and has been a certified public accountant since 1979.

His company, Filotto Professional Services, is in Joliet. He lives in unincorporated Troy Township just outside the city limits.

Filotto was also on the board of the Joliet Area Historical Museum when it was first formed. He has been on the board at the Will County Center for Economic Development for 30 years.

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