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Will County takes first step toward new courthouse

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Will County is taking a step that puts it on a “long journey” toward building a new courthouse, said Nick Palmer, chief of staff for County Executive Larry Walsh.

“This is the first step in many,” said Palmer, one of the architects of a master plan that deals with the county’s long-term space crunch.

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Will County urged to act quickly on airport revenue

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The proposed South Suburban Airport will generate zero property tax revenue, so Will County should act quickly to make sure it gets some revenue from the project that’s now under state control, according to two consultants hired by the county.

“The county should start engaging now to have input in the process,” said Aaron Quick, one of the consultants hired by the county to study a new law that grants control of the airport to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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Quest for new courthouse heats up in Will County

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Will County’s judicial branch has taken a step that could ultimately force the county board to build a new courthouse.

Chief Circuit Court Judge Richard Schoenstedt and 15 other judges approved a rule change July 24 that allows for the creation of a court facilities committee to study courthouse problems. For years, chief judges have complained that the current building, 14 W. Jefferson St., which opened in the late 1960s, is overcrowded and outdated.

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Will Co. GOP thwarts Cool County effort

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One day before the official start of summer, a Cool County designation for Will County went up in smoke.

At Thursday’s meeting, the county board voted 13-12 to reject a resolution designating Will County as a “Cool County” for its environmental policies. The 13-12 vote was along party lines with 13 Republicans voting against the resolution and 12 Democrats voting for it.

Don Moran, D-Romeoville, said the defeat was due to “some paranoia on the other side of the aisle” and partisan politics.

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Will County is serious about space problems

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The Will County Board is poised to start chipping away at its serious space shortage after more than a decade of debate.

With $14.3 million in existing funds, the county could soon start on a path toward $441 million in new buildings.

“We have a lot of cramped space and raggedy buildings, and things need to be done,” said board member Denise Winfrey (D-Joliet), chairwoman of the board’s capital improvements committee.

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