Lake County to spend millions on courts, jail

WAUKEGAN, Ill. — The Lake County Board has voted to spend more than $119 million on a five-year plan to increase and improve courtroom and jail space.

The News Sun reports that the project includes construction of a nine-story Criminal Courts Tower in downtown Waukegan at an estimated cost of $81.5 million.

Officials say the new building is needed because there's a shortage of courtroom space and court filings are projected to grow 29 percent by 2030. Currently, five judges don't have courtrooms, and nine temporary courtrooms don't meet state standards.

The current courthouse was built in 1969.

The project also includes renovations of juvenile courts and jail intake space.