Kendall gets OK to delay adding new courtrooms
BY STEVE LORD firstname.lastname@example.org October 9, 2013 10:12AM
Updated: November 12, 2013 6:07AM
YORKVILLE — Kendall County will get about a two-year break on when they have to remodel the courthouse to accommodate two new judges.
The delay comes courtesy of the Illinois Supreme Court, which basically agreed with a request from Kendall’s Chief Judge Tim McCann to delay giving the county two new judges.
The state had informed McCann that, based on population, Kendall was due two more judges, raising the full number of judges at the courthouse from five to seven. McCann had told County Board members he did not think Kendall needed the two judges right away, if caseload was used as the measure.
The state assigns associate judges to circuits based on population.
He requested the delay to put off necessary remodeling at the courthouse to create two new courtrooms. When the new courthouse was built, courtrooms were “roughed in” on the second floor, so Kendall officials could complete them later.
But with the delay, instead of looking for two new judges in 2014 and 2015, Kendall will not have to accommodate them until 2016 and 2017. That means the build out can be delayed, too.
“It buys the county two years for the expansion,” said board member Judy Gilmour this week.
Kendall is still due a new full circuit judge soon but only when the next vacancy occurs in neighboring Kane County. That goes back to when Kendall and Kane were both part of the 16th Circuit, along with DeKalb County.
Last year, Kane broke off by itself, making the 16th Circuit Kane alone. Kendall and DeKalb stayed together in the new 23rd Circuit.
But population changes mean one of the current full circuit judges should be based in Kendall. So, when that judge leaves Kane, the post will shift to Kendall.
The Kendall Courthouse has six finished courtrooms, so it can accommodate that judge when the time comes.