Pulse: New life for shuttered IYC-Joliet?
September 29, 2013 10:00PM
Larry Walsh Jr.
Updated: November 1, 2013 6:08AM
Does the state of Illinois have plans for the Illinois Youth Center-Joliet, which closed in February?
“There’s rumblings that another (state) agency or DOC (Department of Corrections) might use it,” said state Rep. Larry Walsh Jr. (D-Elwood).
Walsh said he has heard nothing definite, but it makes sense to reuse the former detention center rather than building another one. There may be only one snag.
“The bottom line is it’s going to take a lot of money to redevelop it,” he said.
He shops there, too
Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow was at the grand opening for Home Depot’s 1.6 million-square-foot Joliet Stocking Distribution Center on Thursday to accept a $5,000 donation to the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center.
Glasgow said he spends money at Home Depot, too.
“It’s a pleasant experience going into that store, and that’s a credit to all of you,” Glasgow told Home Depot employees at the event.
Glasgow’s comment reiterated a point made by Home Depot executives repeatedly at the opening — the stores depend on the distribution centers.
Charles Armstrong, Home Depot’s vice president of distribution, emphasized how many stores are served by the Joliet center when he said to the workers, “There are 50,000 associates, or 50,000 Home Depot families, that will depend on you.”
“I’m being inundated with calls about property. That’s not happened for quite awhile,” said Jim Torri, a Joliet city planner, describing what appears to be a resurgence of interest in commercial development in the city. “Now, there’s a real push to get something built.’
Addleman dies suddenly
Will County officials were surprised last week by the sudden death of Waste Management consultant and former executive Lee Addleman, who worked with the county for years on landfill projects, including the county-owned Prairie View Landfill.
Addleman was at the county board meeting Sept. 19, but he died suddenly Sept. 23 while visiting a relative in Colorado, county officials said.
“He was an old-fashioned kind of gentleman,” said Nick Palmer, chief of staff for County Executive Larry Walsh. “He was a great guy to work with and a great partner.”
Palmer’s sentiments were echoed by Jim Moustis (R -Frankfort Square), chairman of the county board’s Republican Caucus.
Addleman, who was a mountain climber and owned a home in Costa Rica, always made sure that Waste Management was a generous corporate partner “especially where their facilities impacted the communities,” Moustis said.
Addleman also was patriotic and was known to wear his 101st Airborne Division pin to county meetings at times. As a member of the Army’s paratroopers, Addleman fought for a year in Vietnam, was wounded by shrapnel and lost hearing in one ear.
Herald-News reporters Cindy Wojdyla Cain
and Bob Okon contributed to Pulse.