Digital Access

Digital Access
Access nwherald.com from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, prep sports, Chicago sports, local and regional entertainment, business, home and lifestyle, food, classified and more! News you use every day! Daily, weekend and Sunday packages.

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Stay connected to us wherever you are! Get breaking news updates along with other area information sent to you as a text message to your wireless device.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
We'll deliver news & updates to your inbox. Plan your weekend and catch up on the news with our newsletters.
State

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.

Loading more