Mayor Arthur Schultz

Harrah's Joliet Casino built a beautiful hotel and is in the process of building a parking garage and retail center. Another exciting development for the Joliet community is the NASCAR racetrack currently being built on the southeast side of Joliet near Route 66 Raceway.

Because of the growth of Joliet, there have been two new fire stations constructed, a new police station, and a new public library building is in development for the west side. The real estate tax levy for Joliet's portion of the bill has been frozen for five years, vehicle tags have been eliminated, and the water bill rates continue to be reduced.

In November 1993, Mayor Schultz underwent a laryngectomy operation. For several months he could not talk, however, through the use of a prosthesis in his throat, he was able to regain the ability to speak. His courageous battle with cancer has not affected his ability, or his determination to govern. In 1995 he was reelected as Mayor of Joliet, defeating his opponent by a 3 to 1 margin. In 1999 he ran unopposed for a third term.

Mayor Schultz is a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose; Old Timers Baseball Association; Moran A.C., Fraternal Order of Police; and American Legion Post 1080, where he served as commander for four terms. He was inducted into the Joliet/Will County Hall of Pride on November 3, 1998. He has been married for 45 years to the former Frances Jacksa. They have 5 children and 9 grandchildren.

Art passed away on November 26, 2011.

Arthur Schultz was born and raised in Joliet and attended Joliet parochial schools. In 1950, he joined the Navy and served for four years, spending most of that time on a submarine near Korea. After returning to Joliet, Art joined the Joliet Police Department, where he served the community for almost 29 years. He rose to the rank of lieutenant, a position he held for the last 16 years of his career. He retired from the police department upon being elected Mayor of the City of Joliet in 1991.

Since being elected, Mayor Schultz has guided the City of Joliet through a tremendous period of growth, including annexations of several large areas of land adjacent to Joliet, the building of new interchanges for Interstate 80, the development of Route 66 Raceway, as well as securing four riverboat casinos to be docked in the City of Joliet. During his tenure as Mayor, the Empress Casino Joliet has built a luxury hotel, an RV park, and continues to add on to their entertainment arena.