Pulse: For Will County judges, this problem seems fitting
April 28, 2013 9:56PM
Thomas Kilbride, chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, speaks to a crowd during the final session of the Business Seminar Series in the Health Professions Center at Joliet Junior College Wednesday, April 24, 2013, in Joliet. | Matthew Grotto~Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 30, 2013 2:15PM
For years, Will County chief judges have lamented the fact that while the Census says the county should have more judges, there’s no place to put them.
Illinois Supreme Court Chief Judge Thomas Kilbride said when he was in Joliet last week that he’s aware of the problem. On a tour of the courthouse a few years ago, former Chief Judge Stephen White pointed to a closet and said if the county got a new judge, “That’s the only room we’ve got available,” Kilbride recalled.
The county has talked about building a new courthouse, but it would cost $200 million or more.
Foster opens Joliet office
If you’ve had a hankering to march over to your congressman’s office for any reason, now you can do it. U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, who represents most of the city of Joliet, has an office on the city’s west side. A ribbon-cutting/open house for the Naperville Democrat’s new digs at 195 Springfield Ave. is to be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. If you plan to go, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 630-585-7672.
Candidates who want a recount from the April 9 election must request it within five days after the official canvass of the votes on Tuesday.
Don’t expect Joliet City Councilman Don Fisher to prolong the drama that already was extended two weeks past the April 9 election because of the need to count final absentee ballots before the winners of the neck-and-neck race could be determined. Fisher lost and is not looking for more.
“God no!” Fisher said when asked if he was considering requesting a recount. “This has gone on long enough. It’s like drip, drip, drip.”
Independent my foot
Lots of people spurn party labels, calling themselves independents. But do they vote?
Probably not in township elections where a party label usually determines whether you’re in or out, depending on whether it’s a red township or blue township.
Three former Republican candidates in Wheatland Township ran as independents on April 9 when the township party did not slate them for the ballot. Outgoing township Supervisor Todd Morse acknowledged the “independent” label did not help.
Catch the bus
Pace plans an event in Bolingbrook on Tuesday to promote expanded service on two express routes from Plainfield to the Chicago Loop. More trips will be added. Pace says ridership is growing on the express buses, which can ride the shoulder on Interstate 55 to bypass traffic jams.
Cindy Wojdyla Cain and Bob Okon contributed to Pulse.