Robert Wunderlich, narrowly defeated in the City Council race in April, appears headed for a seat on the Joliet Plan Commission.
The City Council is slated to vote Tuesday on Mayor Bob O’Dekirk’s appointment of Wunderlich to the Plan Commission.
“I didn’t know that,” Wunderlich said Friday when asked about the Tuesday vote.
Wunderlich said he did get a call a couple of weeks ago from City Manager James Capparelli asking if he was interested in joining the commission and said he was. He had not heard anything since but will accept the appointment, Wunderlich said.
“I’ve got nothing to do,” said Wunderlich, who closed his construction company, Wunderlich Builders, last year and retired. “I’ve got the time.”
Wunderlich left his position on the Joliet Junior College Board of Trustees, which he held for 44 years, to run for City Council. He finished fourth, trailing Councilman Cesar Guerrero by 11 votes, in the election for three at-large seats on the council.
Wunderlich was the only one of three candidates endorsed by the Will & Grundy Counties Building Trades Council not to get a council seat. The union group also endorsed Joe Clement and Jan Quillman.
At Joliet Junior College, Wunderlich had served as chairman at times and was involved with college expansion plans , including the new campus in downtown Joliet, the Romeoville campus and Weitendorf Agricultural Education Center.
During his earlier years on the board, Wunderlich said, he started the board’s Building and Grounds Committee “so we had some input on hiring architects and engineers” and served as the committee chairman for 34 years.
If approved, Wunderlich would fill a vacancy created when Capparelli left the Plan Commission to become city manager in January.
Source: The Daily Chronicle