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Rialto to host active shooter free seminar

It’s not your average evening out at the Rialto Square Theatre, but the theater will host an active shooter seminar for the public on Nov. 6.

“It’s not a drill,” Rialto Executive Director Valerie Devine said. “It’s an active shooter readiness seminar.”

The Rialto is opening the doors at no charge to the public for the seminar conducted by the Joliet Police Department and Will County Sheriff’s Department.

The seminar is at 7 p.m. in the theater at 15 E. Van Buren St. in downtown Joliet.

The seminar is being staged in light of the number of mass shootings that have occurred, Devine said. Noting that schoolchildren get training for active shooters, Devine said helpful instructions should be of value to the public.

“We thought that this was something the public would want to know about,” she said. “We wanted to do a seminar for folks and give them tools they could use. Hopefully, the more confident you are in a situation like that, the better you can react.”

A Rialto news release announcing the seminar notes that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security recommends that individuals develop action plans in their personal and professional lives.

“We want to do all we can to help prepare the citizens of Joliet and surrounding areas in the case they ever find themselves in one of these horrible situations,” Devine said in the release.

The Rialto has held an active shooter drill for its staff to prepare for a situation if it develops at the theater. The seminar will be designed for the public and not specifically for the theater.

No ticket is needed for the seminar. Seating will be available on a first-come, first served basis.

The Rialto invites those interested in more information to call 815-726-7171 or to visit the theater website at

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