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Local, county officials get update on courthouse construction

4/3/2019, 11:22 p.m.
Joliet – Recently, Will County Executive Larry Walsh, Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk, and county board members Herb Brooks, Jr. and ...
From left to right Joliet Mayor Bob O'Dekirk, Will County Executive Larry Walsh, Will County Board Capital Committee Chair Herb Brook, Jr. and Capital Committee Co-chair Don Moran.

Joliet – Recently, Will County Executive Larry Walsh, Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk, and county board members Herb Brooks, Jr. and Don Moran toured the construction site of the new Will County courthouse. The 10-story, $195 million structure has made significant progress since the groundbreaking in December 2017.

“This project has been needed for a long time,” said Walsh. “This is an important investment for county government in downtown Joliet and I am proud it is being completed with local labor.”

The new courthouse will have 38 courtrooms and will be filled with the latest in security and other technology. The glass-paned building will be one of the tallest in downtown Joliet.

“The courthouse being built is not only state of the art but a great addition to downtown Joliet,” said O’Dekirk. “Thanks to all of our partners at Will County for the commitment they made to our city.”

The front hallways of the courthouse, on the upper floors, will have floor to ceiling windows, which offer views of the downtown area and will allow natural light. Sub-floor heating and air-conditioning units and green roofs on both the tower and the administration building will keep operation costs down.

“The county board has been very diligent in ensuring this project is completed within our budget,” said Brooks, chair of the Capital Improvements Committee of the county board. “This courthouse will accommodate the needs of Will County now and in the future as we grow to an anticipated one million residents by 2040.”

“I am proud the county board has chosen to use local trades people to build this courthouse,” Moran, co-chair of the Capital Improvements Committee, said. “We have many talented, reputable companies in Will County and we offer our own economic stimulus hiring our local labor folks. Not only are the people actually doing the day to day work from local companies, but we are using local materials whenever possible.”

The new county courthouse is slated to open in September of 2020.