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Joliet 2018 city budget due out Tuesday

The Rialto Square Theatre is expected to get $150,000 in the 2018 Joliet city budget, which is due out this week.
The Rialto Square Theatre is expected to get $150,000 in the 2018 Joliet city budget, which is due out this week.

JOLIET – The city of Joliet 2018 budget comes out this week, but the budget makers aren't telling what's in it.

Interim City Manager Marty Shanahan said Friday he wants the city council to see it first before discussing it.

The council is slated to receive the budget from staff at its meeting Tuesday, which is likely to be a formality with financial details to be presented at future meetings.

One thing that has come out in recent weeks is that the big budget controversy of last year – Rialto Square Theatre funding – may not emerge again.

Councilman Pat Mudron, the council's liaison to the Rialto, has said he was told by staff that the budget was being developed with $500,000 funding for the theater.

The initial 2017 budget did not include funding for the Rialto, making it the biggest budget topic as theaters supporters pushed for the funding. The city eventually provided the funding, but the entire Rialto board also resigned leading to new leadership at the theater.

Other items on the agenda for the city council and its Monday workshop meeting and Tuesday regular meeting include:

• Two options on first-time city regulations on sales of dogs and puppies, giving the council the choice of requiring pet stores to get dogs from animal control centers, rescue groups and shelters or to allow dogs from breeders if they are licensed and in good standing;

• A new nepotism law that would bar hiring of relatives of elected officials and prevent employees from supervising relatives;

Reconsideration of an intergovernmental agreement, which the council rejected in October, sharing costs with the city of Crest Hill for a shared intersection at Division Street and Gaylord Road.

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