Plans launched to build new courthouse in Will County

2013-08-07T20:30:00Z 2013-08-07T21:36:06Z Plans launched to build new courthouse in Will CountyThe Associated Press The Associated Press
August 07, 2013 8:30 pm  • 

JOLIET, Ill. | Efforts are underway to build a new Will County courthouse in Joliet.

The County Board's capital improvements committee on Tuesday approved creating an ad hoc panel that would start planning for a new courthouse. It would be built in downtown Joliet.

Chief judges have complained that the current courthouse, a post-modern structure built in the late 1960s, is overcrowded and outdated. Circuit Court Chief Judge Richard Schoenstedt says he's "ecstatic" plans are moving forward.

The Herald-News in Joliet reports that previous studies have estimated the cost of a new courthouse at $200 million.

The current courthouse has been the site of high-profile trials. Former police officer Drew Peterson was convicted there in his ex-wife's murder. Christopher Vaughn, of Joliet, also was convicted there of killing his wife and three children.

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