JOLIET – The campaign for Joliet City Council got off to a quick start this week, a possible sign of things to come with 15 candidates vying for three positions in the April election.
The Rialto Square Theatre controversy drew two candidates to make statements at the council meeting Tuesday.
On Thursday, another candidate issued a news release criticizing the expansion of a downtown business tax that the council approved this week.
Candidates Rachel Ventura and Larry Crawford spoke on the Rialto issue at the council meeting, where the theater’s request for $500,000 was up for consideration.
“Joliet needs a public relations face-lift, and we must change our image,” Ventura said as part of a written statement to the council.
An advocate for attracting out-of-town spending to boost Joliet tax revenue, Ventura favored city funding for the Rialto.
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