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My hometown of Joliet is seeing a surge in population just as the rest of Will County is as well. In the past 4 years, Will County has grown by 117,000 people. With 930 sq. miles, Will County will easily be Illinois' 2nd most populous county in very little time, passing DuPage. Will County is the 10th Fastest Growing County in the United States of America. Which is unheard of for a county in the "snow-belt". It is due to the Great Metropolis of the Prairie that Will County is booming. Will County is different than the others because most of the fastest growing counties can be found in the sun-belt.

USA Today has an article regarding the population surge southwest of Chicago.
 

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That's great, but it carries some negative connotations as well since it means that there is no stopping this tidal wave of sprawl. I guess I'd rather see it in Will County than Kendall, Kane, Boone, and the one I hate the most: McHenry (yes you Mom and Dad), but it is still sprawl.
 

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Eh... its not too bad, because Chicago's metro has always sprawled north and west... so by sprawling south and southwest, its helping to balance out the metro somewhat, and recenter on Chicago... but ofcourse, sprawl is sprawl, and it sucks. but its gonna happen, so better here than McHenry or Boone... etc.

Joliet could use some revitalization as well.
 

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Its never in Indiana or across the lake in Michigan. Everyone sprawls AWAY from the lake.

the center of the metro is now in Oakbrook or something now or probably Shaumburg, because of spawling in the north and west. Yes I am talking about McHenry County, Gurnee and Aurora.
 

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Joliet has many Casinos, a NASCAR race track, and quite a few prisons that employ thousands. The town is making a lot more money than they used to. Will County is the 10th fastest growing county in the USA, imagine what will happen if/when a National Airport is built in Peotone.
 

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at least someone is happy about the Peotone Airport... I dislike the idea but thats a different story. Good for WIll.

Another good news about will that wasnt mention. I-355 is being extended since november. Wow, extending an interstate.

 

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Well I work in residential construction. I work for a company who subcontracts to the Pulte's, Ryland, Lakewood, Centex, and Cambridge Homes of Chicagoland. Everytime I get down to any of the following cities, Joliet, Shorewood, Plainfield, Bolingbrook, Romeoville, Lockport, Crest Hill, and New Lenox, which is almost everyday. It never ceases to amaze me. The amount of construction is awesome, and at a frantic pace. I remind you, I see urban sprawl every day, its my job, but northern Will county is out of control. We have jobsites in Joliet and Plainfield that require as many as 5 starts per day.

KingShizzznit- I know they are doing a decent job of expanding the old country roads into 5+ lane boulevards, are they keeping up as well with the schools, and the influx of kids into those suburbs? Its gotta be costing those cities a ton of money for infastructure improvements.
 

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I hope an airport never comes to Peotone. My parents now live in Frankfort (7 miles West of Chicago Heights). You can see where that is at in Azn_chi_boi's post. If an airport is built, it will just make the traffic and congestion in Will County that much worse. And considering there is non-stop construction all summer, the airport would make it even worse. Plus, if the airport is built a high speed train like those in Europe and Japan will most likely be built from Peotone right to Chitown which would ease some traffic but all of the land they would need to build tracks would just be a nuisance when it comes to developing it.

The schools are over-crowded and have been for the last 10 years or so. Recently the high school that I went to split into two big high schools with all of the sports and the whole 9-yards. My graduating class had 1,400 people! I grew up in East Joliet. Now those two high school pump out classes with about 800 people per graduating class. New schools are being built all of the time and there are newspaper articles that frequently discuss future sites the school districts are considering purchasing to build new high schools. Since Will County is growing so fast, the price of land is going up as well so the districts end up pumping millions and millions of dollars just for land.

The worst part though is the overcrowded jails.
 

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^ I figured they were having a hard time keeping up with the schools. Probably so with the water purification and sanitation infastructures as well, but just not as much pub. As most cities expand and at reasonable growth rates, the improvements costs are minimal in comparison. All these booming suburbs in Will county are having to build all this from scratch as miles upon miles of farmland are gobbled up every summer. I mean this literally, I drove down Caton Farm road yesterday. Joliet streches atleast two miles farther west out Caton Farm this spring then it did last year. (point of referance is County Line Road/ Ridge Road) I swear Joliet is gonna strech all the way to hwy 47 before to long... Although that far west its probably Yorkville territory, and besides your well into Kendall County out that way anyways.
 
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