Saturday, 27 February 2021

Courthouse expansion ‘on time and on budget,’ county administrator says

The second phase of Lake County’s plans to expand and renovate its court facilities is finishing “on time and on budget,” the county administrator said.

The largest phase of the $110 million project centered on the construction of a new eight-story structure with about 200,000 square feet that will provide 12 new courtrooms and two unfinished floors to accommodate future growth, according to the county.

Over the years, the county has converted conference rooms in courtrooms and even uses the Lake County boardroom as a courthouse when the County Board isn’t using it, spokeswoman Jennie Vana said.

One of those courtrooms doesn’t meet the regulations set out by the Illinois Supreme Court and could be shut down, according to County Administrator Barry Burton.


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