Mudron also works with the Joliet Museum’s insurance policy
Joliet Council trustee Pat Mudron oversees the Joliet Area Historical Museum, the second city-affiliated organization doing business with the council’s company.
The city manager has determined that Mudron Kane’s insurance contract with the Rialto Square Theater reached in April violates state and city ordinances. The Inspector General is also investigating the Museum’s insurance policy.
Mudron said Wednesday that he believes he did nothing wrong.
He said a partner in his company was working on the museum, but the contract belonged to Jeff Thompson, the late owner of Northern Illinois Insurance, who worked on the museum before Thompson’s death.
“We don’t own it, so you can say what you want,” Mudron said. “We are not the owners of the insurance company. This plan is in Jeff Thompson’s place. “
Mudron said commissions from the business are paid to the Thompson Estate, although Mudron Kane collects donations.
The museum policy is one of about 100 policies on the Thompson estate that Mudron Kane Insurance is trying to acquire, he said. Until then, he said, they remain property of the land.
Inspector General Sean Connolly has not said whether he is looking into the museum business.
But the museum’s Executive Director Greg Peerbolte said he was asked by the inspector general about insurance.
He confirmed that the museum’s policy was with Northern Illinois Insurance, but Mudron Kane Insurance is now listed as the museum’s broker. The policy is held by Cincinnati Insurance, the same company that took out construction and liability insurance for the Rialto in April when the stadium was nearing completion.
Peerbolte said Joe Kane manages the museum’s insurance at Mudron Kane.
“Joe has been great to work with,” Peerbolte said. “We are still very satisfied with Joe. He is very competitive.”
Kane is one of three partners in Mudron Kane Insurance along with Mudron and his son, Shamus Mudron. Mudron said his son ran the Rialto plan after the theater’s chairman approached Mudron when the theater was about to end.
Mudron Kane netted $248,000 for the show’s full-featured theater. Rialto’s alternative was $450,000 obtained through his regular broker, Brown & Brown, who did not provide liability insurance and umbrella coverage.
Connolly’s report on the Rialto case stated that the policy violated laws prohibiting elected officials from doing business with the public sector they represent. The Rialto is not controlled by the city of Joliet. The mayor, however, appoints board members along with the governor, and Rialto receives $375,000 a year from Joliet.
Mudron served as the city liaison to the Rialto board until he was fired by the mayor on Tuesday.
The relationship with the museum in the city is very straightforward.
The city owns a museum and has a government contract with the Old Joliet Jail, which the museum manages as a partner of the city in efforts to make the former Joliet Correctional Center a destination and event space.
The insurance policies handled by Mudron Kane, according to Peerbolte, include liability for the museum, construction of a prison visitor center, and reimbursement for prison tours.
This is especially needed by the city, which also provides coverage through its museum and jail insurance, Peerbolte said.
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