Joliet council candidates announce joint agenda

Warren Dorris and Hudson Hollister say they share an agenda but are not running as team in April 6 election

Two candidates for Joliet City Council on Monday presented a shared agenda that included support for MorningStar Mission’s plan for a West Side facility, opposition to the NorthPoint project, and peace at City Hall.

Hudson Hollister and Warren Dorris commented on the agenda at a Monday event, saying it doesn’t mean they are running as a team in the April 6 election but do agree on the issues outlined Monday.

“We wanted to do this as independent candidates,” Hollister said.

“What we want to do is get our message out that we want to see change in Joliet,” Dorris said.

The two are among 12 candidates on the ballot, and the joint statement comes on the week that early voting starts. Early voting starts Thursday.

Dorris and Hoillister outlined what they called a Renewal Agenda that they said they would push if elected.

The voiced support for MorningStar Mission’s efforts to acquire the Quaility Inn on Larkin Avenue for a homeless facility, which has been rejected by the city’s zoning board, and opposition to the NorthPoint project, which has been approved by the City Council.

Dorris spoke of regularly seeing homeless people with signs on Larkin Avenue looking for help on his way to the church where he is the pastor.

“We have responsibility to feed the poor, take care of the hungry and those who are less fortunate,” Dorris said.

Both candidates said Joliet needs to get going on a comprehensive plan so the city can be better prepared for projects like NorthPoint’s Compass Global Logistics Hub.

“Today, Joliet has no plan for our logistics industry, no plan to accommodate all the trucks, no plan to connect the logistics industry with our city’s welfare,” Hollister said.

The city in 2020 was in the process of starting a comprehensive plan, but funding was cut off as the city cut expenses to brace for tax revenue losses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The two candidates also said they would face the city’s unfunded liabilities for retiree health care, prioritize spending for police body cameras, and emphasize East Side economic development.

They also said they would seek harmony on the City Council.

“We’re not going to fight. We’re going to reconcile,” Dorris said.

The 12 candidates in the election are seeking three at-large council seats.

Other candidates in the election are: Jeremy Brzycki, Joe Clement, Cesar Guerrero, Jim Lanham, Nicole Lurry, Roger Powell, Jan Quillman, Isiah Williams Jr., Glenda Wright-McCullum and Bob Wunderlich.