Will County Democratic Central Committee - News

15

Dec

2017

Downtown Joliet Plans Groundbreaking For $100 Million Courthouse

Author: Editor

It's been more than two years since Patch brought you details of plans to build a new Will County Courthouse. Like the historic Rialto Square Theatre, the new $100 million courthouse is expected to become a remarkable architectural addition to Joliet's downtown. Over the past week, chain link fence has been placed around the perimeter of the soon-to-be-demolished First Midwest Bank building. In its place will be a new 10-story county government building that is expected to serve the needs of Will County-area residents for many decades to come.

At 11 a.m. Tuesday, several of Will County's most noteworthy public officials will be on hand for an outdoor groundbreaking ceremony. The cast will include Will County Executive Larry Walsh, Joliet Mayor Bob O'Dekirk, Will County Board Speaker Jim Moustis and Will County Chief Judge Richard Schoenstedt. The ceremonial occasion will take place at 62 West Washington St. behind the current First Midwest building.

"The new $100 million courthouse will be filled with state of the art technology and will accommodate the future growth of Will County, which is anticipated to top 1 million by 2040," proclaims a press release from the office of Executive Larry Walsh.

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14

Dec

2017

New Will County public safety complex to improve communication, response time

Author: Editor

A brand new, $33 million Will County Public Safety complex will be fully operational by the end of December. It stands next to its tiny predecessor, a sheriff's office with little breathing room, and a perpetually leaky roof.

"You had to strategically place certain files where you knew water wasn't going to leak," said Will County Sheriff Mike Kelley.

Ever since he was hired back in 1988, Kelley remembers talk of a new sheriff's facility. Now, it's finally happening, and he's the first sheriff to occupy it.

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