• Contractor files suit against Illinois theater, City of Centralia

    by  • September 10, 2013 • News

    A local construction company has filed a lawsuit in Marion County Court against the Downtown Centralia Illinois Theatre, and the City of Centralia, claiming money owed for work completed. Illinois theatre

    In a two count complaint, Johannes Construction that on July 5, 2007, it entered into an agreement with the theatre to perform over $1 million in work toward the restoration of the theater building on South Locust Street in Centralia.

    According to the complaint, Johannes says that the work has been completed and while the defendant has paid for some of the work, it has not paid the entire balance, even though there is no dispute that the work was performed and performed satisfactorily.

    The suit claims the theatre corporation is in breech of contract and is seeking more than $58,000, plus interest and attorney’s fees.

    The City of Centralia is named in Count II of the complaint, as the owner of the property that is working in conjunction and with Downtown Centralia Illinois Theatre.

    It further says both the defendants have on numerous occasions informed Johannes that payment was forthcoming, but has never been received.

    As the owner of the building, the City of Centralia has experienced improvement to their property, says the suit, and so the plaintiff is seeking satisfaction from the court.

    Both the city and the theatre have been served in the case, but have not yet filed a response. The suit was filed Aug. 28. Attorney Bill Milner is representing Johannes Construction.