The legislation, which would impose a fee not to exceed $30 for court filings, now heads to Gov. Pat Quinn for his signature. The fees would be paid by both parties in civil cases, as well as defendants who plead guilty in criminal cases.
The fee could raise a reported $1.5 to $2 million per year for the new courthouse project, which could cost up to $200 million.
Earlier this month, Will County inked a $4 million deal to purchase the former First Midwest Bank site at 50 W. Jefferson St., across from the current courthouse.
That site, which includes the bank building itself as well as property south of Washington Street, could become the location of a future judicial complex in downtown Joliet.
The existing courthouse, built in the 1960s, would be repurposed, likely to provide additional space for attorneys or commercial businesses.