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New briefs: Bill that could help Will County fund courthouse goes to Quinn

Updated: July 4, 2014 6:10AM



Illinois lawmakers have passed a bill that would allow the Will County Board to impose a judicial facilities fee of up to $30 for certain court cases to help pay for a new courthouse.

The fee would be payable by each party in civil cases and by a defendant in criminal cases that require a court appearance if the defendant is found guilty. The fee could generate $1.5 million to $2 million annually to help pay for the courthouse, which could cost from $140 million to $200 million.

The current courthouse was built in 1969 and is overcrowded and has been deteriorating.

State Sen. Pat McGuire, D-Crest Hill, led the bill’s passage, according to a press release. The Senate passed it by a 46-to-7 vote Thursday. It passed in the House a week earlier, by a 72-to-42 vote, and heads to Gov. Pat Quinn for final approval.

The fees collected can be used only for the construction of a new courthouse and courtrooms.

“The current courthouse is overcrowded and deteriorating,” McGuire said in the release. “We need a courthouse that’s the right size for the fourth-most populous county in the state and that’s built to last.”

Fire foundation to hold cookoff

The New Lenox Fire Protection District Foundation announced plans for a beef cook-off competition using a “controlled burn.” The third annual event is slated for July 26, in conjunction with Proud American Days.

Interested businesses and organizations can contact foundation director Sandra DeLair for information, an application, rules and regulations. Call (815) 462-0023 during business hours. Sponsorships also are available.

Cooking spaces are limited and are on a first-come, first-served basis. The entry fee is $75 dollars, with a 13-pound roast furnished by the foundation on cooking day.

Due to space limitations, cooking teams are limited to three people, including the “master chef.” After judging, the remaining beef will be sliced and sold by the foundation in sandwiches to the public.

Cooking will begin at 7:30 a.m., with judging taking place by celebrity judges at 10:30 a.m.

The registration deadline is July 1.

All proceeds benefit the foundation’s Save a Life Program to buy needed equipment for the fire district.

For more information, visit www.nlfdfoundation.org.

Staff reports



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