Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk Shares State of the City Address at JJC

Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk gave his State of the City address to a standing room only crowd at Joliet Junior College on Thursday, Feb. 23.

This was the second year the mayor came to JJC to share his annual address with students, faculty, staff and community members, an idea coordinated by the college’s Business Department to promote civic engagement opportunities for students.

“It’s great to be here and have an opportunity to have an open forum and talk directly to the people,” O’Dekirk said. 

The mayor shared many updates about positive news happening in Joliet, including increases in residential and commercial building permits; an increase in property values last year; financial savings within the city; and economic developments in downtown Joliet, including the recent opening of JJC’s new City Center Campus, for which the mayor thanked JJC, saying he applauded the college’s commitment to investing in downtown.

JJC President Dr. Judy Mitchell thanked the mayor for coming to the college, and also mentioned that the City of Joliet has been a wonderful partner to the college in ensuring the success of the City Center Campus project.

O’Dekirk also shared news of the planned Rock Run Crossings development adjacent to JJC’s Main Campus, for which he said he is working closely with state and federal agencies to ensure the needed road upgrades and interstate interchanges are made in order for the Cullinan development to be successful.

“This is just another big example of how well the city is doing economically,” O’Dekirk said.

At the end of the presentation, the mayor fielded audience questions and took time to meet with students. 


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