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judges have complained that the current courthouse, a post-modern structure built in the late 1960s, is overcrowded and outdated.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.