Joliet, Illinois

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Joliet is the fourth largest city in the state of Illinois. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, Joliet's population was 147,433.[1]

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Budget Y
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Meetings Y
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Elected Officials Y
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Administrative Officials Y
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Permits, zoning Y
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Audits N
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Contracts N
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Lobbying N
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Public Records P
Local Taxes Y
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The good

  • The budget is published.[2]
  • Meeting minutes and agendas are published.[3]
  • Elected officials and administrative officials are listed.[4]
  • Zoning and permit information is published.[5]
  • Local tax information is published.[6]
  • Quick Links feature is helpful and easy to use to access information.
  • FOIA request tab is available on homepage.

The bad

  • Contract page is currently under construction.
  • No audit information is published on website.
  • No lobbying formation is published on website.
  • Some public records are available, but difficult to find.


The 2011 Joliet budget was $292,803,145.[7]


Joliet received $30,131,865 of federal stimulus money in 20 grants.[8]

Type Description Amount
Grant Various $1,595,801
Grant US 30 $7,903,048
Grant US 52 $237,759
Grant FAP 332 $540,685
Grant FAP 330 $248,217
Grant 159th Street $1,650,012
Grant Lincoln Hwy $328,811
Grant FAP 631 $194,058
Grant FAI 57 $426,191
Grant Governor’s Hwy $1,574,903
Grant Old Manhattan $309,740
Grant ARRA Capital Improvement Program $949,090
Grant Transitional Housing Program $510,544
Grant In-Car Camera Project $459,820
Grant Fire Station Construction $1,160,000
Grant Joshua Arms $292,201
Grant Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing $602,271
Grant Federal Work Study $30,562
Grant EECS Strategy Development $3,009,700
Grant Dewey Ave $249,061

Elected officials

  • Joliet uses a council-manager form of government whereby all matters of local policy and legislation are determined by nine council members with the mayor presiding.[9]

Emergency personnel

  • The 2011 budget allocated $34,927,697 to police protection; other elements of emergency personnel functions are embedded in the general fund.[10]


  • A separate website exists with limited information regarding benefits and pension programs available for Illinois employees, and a link is in the city website to the information.
  • The Municipal Retirement Fund states pension increases by 3% of the original pension amount will occur on January 1 of each year if you retire under Tier I. Under Tier II, annual increases begin once you reach the age of 67 and are paid for life.[11]


The main revenue for the city of Joliet is from sales tax, food and beverage tax, hotel occupancy taxes and motor fuel tax.[12]

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