Joliet’s mayor says theaters should pay back councilors’ insurance claims
Joliet Mayor Robert O’Dekirk told the board of the Rialto Square Theater that they should be reimbursed any profits the council member received from the theater’s insurance policy.
O’Dekirk briefed the board Wednesday after a report from the city auditor said council member Pat Mudron violated state and city laws when his Mudron Kane Insurance company insured the theater.
Mudron, who attended the meeting, told the Rialto board at the end that the insurance issue was “just a political game.”
“Nothing was random, immoral,” Mudron said. “Everything was up. Everything is fine. I got confirmation from the legal team that I was talking to.”
O’Dekirk told the commission that it is not fair for any member of the city council, including himself, to solicit business from the Rialto and then make a profit. Mudron said he did not solicit business from Rialto.
“My understanding – and maybe Mudron’s councilors can answer this – is that for a price like this, the agent gets between 15 and 20%,” said O’Dekirk. “If that’s true, then Mudron Kane Insurance gets somewhere around $40,000 from your theater.”
O’Dekirk said that when Rialto asked for money from the city in November it would also ask for “reimbursement of the money councilor Mudron got from the contract.”
The Rialto receives a grant from the city every year and received $375,000 to operate this year.
“I’m one of the nine votes there, but I don’t believe there’s going to be support from the people of Joliet to pay a private company of councilors for profit,” O’Dekirk said.
None of the board members had any questions or comments for O’Dekirk.
After Wednesday’s meeting, Mudron said his company had formed an insurance committee, but they didn’t have the dollar amount. He said he didn’t think it would be $40,000. He said commissions are paid when the money is paid and he believes Rialto makes the payment quarterly.
The city manager has urged the Illinois Attorney General or state inspector general to investigate whether the ordinance was violated.
Mudron said he’s fine with that idea.
“Bring them,” he said. “I would like to talk to them.”
Drew Hill, deputy press secretary for the attorney general, declined to comment on the matter. Neil Olson, the state’s chief prosecutor, also declined to comment.
Board Chairman Robert Filotto declined to comment on O’Dekirk’s comments.
In his chairman’s report, Filotto said he thought Mudron had done “a great job as our patron.” Following the inspector general’s report, O’Dekirk revoked Mudron’s board contract and placed himself in the same position when no one else on the board stepped forward.
“[Mudron] represented the city when we had very few supporters of the city, or attendance, let’s say that. You’ll be missed, Pat,” Filotto said, adding that he believed Mudron would still be able to help Rialto.
Mudron received a standing ovation from the band and the audience.
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