Because of population grown since the year 2000, McHenry County gets two new associate judges.
The selection process for these $171,000 jobs is in process. Twenty-nine lawyers have applied.
But now the County Board has to find a place to put two new judges.
Space is tight in the courthouse. You know government expands to fill all room available, a variation of Parkinson’s Law, I think.
So, what to do?
It appears that the County Board is about to do something logical, something that is should have done at least a decade ago.
Open branch courthouse in the population center of the county, southeastern McHenry County.
And, while most of Woodstock is in the southeastern McHenry County, the Courthouse is in the northern half of McHenry County. I refer to its inconvenient location as “the Hebron site.”
Court is already conducted in Crystal Lake’s City Council Chamber. It’s called Administrative Court and is a way the Home Rule City of Crystal Lake can extract money from people without sharing any with county government.
But that court certainly proves Crystal Lake has an adequate courtroom.
I see no reason that the Algonquin Village Board room wouldn’t work either.
Or the Huntley Village Board room. It was certainly big enough to hold close to 200 folks mainly interested in high tolls to fill their wallets.
So, move traffic court to the cities where the tickets have been written.
When I called the Crystal Lake City Manager’s Office I was told no inquiry has so far been made.
So, if you have an empty room that might work as a courtroom, raise your hand. You might get some rent for a room that otherwise might remain empty.
Oh, yes. Might be good to have plenty of parking.