Will County Courthouse Fee Passes, Heads to Governor

Filing fees of up to $30 could help fund future judicial complex.

Credit: File photo
Credit: File photo
A bill sponsored by State Sen. Pat McGuire (D-Joliet) could help pay for a brand-new Will County Courthouse.

House Bill 5889 passed the House last week and was OKed by the Senate on Thursday.

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.

seer. May 31, 2014 at 10:47 PM
The thing about JJC downtown is they may never get the $ from the State of I'll to finish the inside. This is outright fraud and corruption but no one will ever be prosecuted and jailed.
Herc May 31, 2014 at 11:23 PM
Outright fraud and corruption pretty much sums up every politician!
BIGBAKER.. June 01, 2014 at 09:33 AM
Its funny how they can repurpose the Court House for something else, but not for our High and MIGHTY JUDGES. Keep the court house, just revamp it. and have the work done at night, so there won`t be problems during he day. still tear down the bank for parking. a buckled floor, a few leaks can be repaired a lot cheaper. but not in Illinois. Jackass QUINN will pass it.
Its me June 01, 2014 at 09:07 PM
$200 million to fund a court house... No wonder there's so many homeless and starving people in Joliet.... They clearly think a building is more important!!!! Hmmm. ..maybe they can use the old court house as a homeless shelter, very doubtful though coz they will make millions more renting it out as office and store space...pathetic!!!!
Ex Jolietian June 01, 2014 at 09:11 PM
Maybe we should make some of these lawyers, politicians and judges homeless.....


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