The City Council is responsible for establishing policy direction for City staff to follow so that those services that are deemed essential by the electorate and taxpaying residents and businesses of the community are provided in a cost-effective and professional manner. The Council also looks to the city's goals, major projects and infrastructure improvements ranging from community growth to land use to finances and strategic planning. The City Council is mandated to conduct the affairs of the City openly and responsively. The City Council members are elected to four-year terms on an overlapping basis. The Mayor and City Council also serve on several committees such as the following: Baseball Committee, Communication Technology & Information Systems Committee, Diversity and Community Relations Committee, Economic Development Committee, Finance Committee, Joliet Housing Authority Liaison Committee, Land Use and Legislative Committee, Public Safety Committee and Public Service Committee.
Rachel's Goals for the City
We have to leverage the tourist interests in Joliet to bring in money to the city, especially focusing on Route 66 and the Lincoln Highway. We need to continue bringing in tourist for the Casinos, the Slammers stadium, the Rt 66 Racetrack, and the Splash Station. We need to create an active night life which includes the Rialto, more downtown businesses, and then cross promote them so everyone benefits. These are just a few samples that will help to bring in additional revenues without raising taxes.
With this increased revenue, we can make Joliet beautiful once more by fixing our damaged roads, decreasing crime, cleaning up our water, and beautifying our gateways with public art, thus highlighting the gemstones of our historic city.
It is great to see many job postings throughout the city, but revitalization is needed to ensure a variety of jobs are available to our diverse community. We need more jobs that will pay a living wage. Ultimately, I want to be a voice for the people and make sure all interests are being heard fairly so we can come together on common ground to make Joliet shine again.
City Ideas For Tourism
We can continue to grow businesses on Route 66 but also use more of the miles in Joliet for tourist opportunities. On Ingalls and Broadway we can create a small annex visitor center to grab visitors just as the leave or enter the city. We would have maps available as well as someone to help answer questions and ward off potential downfalls when parking downtown for the museum. We could have vending machines and souvenirs available. The Collin's Street Prison can be seen from this location so Joliet Jake merchandise could perhaps be sold as well. Rich & Creamy and Dick's towing are just at the other end of the park that sits adjacent to this location. On the far end of Route 66 we could celebrate the blues history with another small annex visitor center. We can also work with the Park District on the Nowell Park changes and work with the county on the Sugar Run Creek potential changes to optimize a positive experience when visiting our great city. We can partner with the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie on 66 to help cross promote for a more diverse traveler.
Opening the Collins Prison for tours, fairs & festivals, bed & breakfast opportunities or more. Pat McGuire is trying to pass legislation for the money brought in from the prison to be invested back into the prison. This is an important step to having the finances to renovate the prison and get it transferred to Joliet. We can then work with the Park District to offer tours of the surrounding area.
Another idea is to offer an on/off bus tour. Visitors would pay a set fee like $30 to ride the bus for that day. While on the bus it would tour historical locations or points of interest and give the history about these places. The rider could then get off at set locations chosen by the city. The downtown area could be one location, the prison the next location, Broadway could be another stop but we would want to make sure there were eateries and shops at each location to maximize the visitors experience. Other possible locations could include the splash station, some of our churches or St Rays Cathedral, or a trip to Midewin. The possibilities are endless.
Read more about Joliet
Joliet city charter: https://archive.org/details/citycharterrevis00joli
Joliet city ordinances: http://www.cityofjoliet.info/government/ordinances