City of Joliet/Waste Management Contract Could Be New Rialto Funding Source

Downtown Joliet landmarks could be on the receiving end of a new dedicated funding source; Waste Management. The Joliet City Council approved a new 10-year contract with Waste Management and that new deal contains language that states that WM will make an annual “Community Support Contribution” of $250,000 that will be earmarked for “downtown Joliet, the stadium and/or the Rialto.” The stadium referenced in the agreement is Slammer Stadium, formerly known as Silver Cross Field. Mayor Bob O’Dekirk had been searching for a dedicated funding source for the Rialto since becoming Mayor of Joliet. A previous agreement for dedicated funding for the Rialto was believed to be in place with Chicagoland Speedway but NASCAR officials rejected that deal. The new 10-year funding deal with Waste Management will officially begin on January 1st of 2018.

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