New Complex Moving Forward

The Will County Board has approved plans to move forward with a new judicial complex in downtown Joliet.

At their latest meeting, the board voted to start the process of planning and assessment of the 4.3-acre site, including the First Midwest Building at the corner of Jefferson and Ottawa Streets next to the current courthouse.

The county is in the process of officially acquiring the $4 million property. The board approved a bid to allow Weaver Boos Consultants to check for environmental hazards.

Governor Pat Quinn is expected to sign legislation that could help pay for the new facility.

“It’s a $30 court fee,” said Suzanne Hart, who represents Naperville on the board. “Other counties have had this. Republicans and Democrats felt the same need. We need to do something. We all agree we weren’t going to raise tax dollars so we had to find another mean.”

The new complex is expected to cost the county between $140 and $200 million.

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