Forum: Some ideas for new Will County Courthouse
July 25, 2013 9:48PM
Updated: August 27, 2013 6:36AM
Regarding Will County’s plan for a new courthouse in partnership with a private company, why not a hotel chain? If a new courthouse/hotel/convention center could be built on the existing site of the current courthouse and adjacent parking lots, it would keep the courts downtown, establish a desperately needed convention center and non-casino-related hotel across the street from the new transportation center.
Should the county want to expand to include building on the First Midwest Bank property, that’s better yet. Retail and hotel entrances could be on the first floor, parking on the next two or three, and the courts on the west side and convention hall on the east or vice versa.
If Joliet is so concerned about keeping the courthouse downtown, maybe it’s time that city officials step in and partner with the county and a private party rather than crossing their fingers. Maybe it’s time that these public entities finally get together and build something functional and convenient rather than another
white elephant like the old courthouse and letting the post office leave downtown Joliet.
Looking for a real change in Illinois politics
Regarding Bob Pritchard’s recent letter, he’s right on the money about bone-headed voters and do-nothing politicians but misinformed about Republican candidate Bruce Rauner.
I consider Illinois fortunate that Rauner is willing to take the time and spend the money to run for governor. He’s a business brain, apolitical and not beholden to anyone. I’m tired of Republican reruns and Democrats who think they are the Prince of Wales and next in line.
That Rauner is wealthy doesn’t bother me. It means he has as much or more than the pols, and I say if it buys us some freedom from the crooks in power, good.
Mitt Romney was not a vulture capitalist, he ran Bain Capital, which was a private equity firm that bought failing, mismanaged companies and turned them around to provide solid jobs for thousands of people. Why do you suppose some of the biggest unions invest in Bain? Do your homework.
Standing ground can be fatal when everyone’s armed
My fellow citizens are arming themselves for self defense. Pretty soon everybody will be carrying a weapon. The law on the street used to be “a good run was better than a bad burn.”
Did not Trayvon Martin try to stand his ground? If Trayvon felt that he was being stalked by a stranger, was his fear any less valid than George Zimmerman’s motive not to let the “thugs get away?”
We are living in a new world of animus and dark suspicion, and now one guy has a gun? It will happen again unless we act against this insanity now.