9 graduate from Will County’s Problem Solving Court

The county’s program helps those with a drug offense with treatment, counseling

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Nine individuals graduated from the Will County Problem Solving Courts Monday during a ceremony at the Will County Courthouse.

Problem Solving Courts are meant to help those with a drug offense undergo treatment and counseling in hopes of cleaning their records and reducing recidivism. The county’s Drug Court, Mental Health Court, Veterans Court and Adult Redeploy Illinois provide counseling, treatment, employment assistance, intensive care management and more for participants.

“This graduation ceremony marks a new beginning for these individuals who have worked overtime on their recovery and committed to turning their lives around through our Problem Solving Court program,” State’s Attorney James Glasgow said in a statement.

Monday’s ceremony included seven graduates from the Mental Health Court, one from the Drug Court and one from the Veterans Court. The graduates hailed from Joliet, Crest Hill, Lockport and Chicago, according to a news release.

“Our commitment to each of our graduates continues throughout their lifetimes,” Glasgow said in his statement. “As we have for all of our graduates, we will continue to be here as a resource and lifeline for these individuals as they embark upon this new journey in their lives.”

Glasgow worked to create each of the county’s four Problem Solving Courts starting in 1998 when he wrote and administered the grant that funded the formation of the Drug Court. The Mental Health Court was then created in 2010 and the Veterans Court in 2012.

Alex Ortiz

Alex Ortiz

Alex Ortiz is a reporter for The Herald-News in Joliet. Originally from Romeoville, Ill., he joined The Herald-News in 2017 and mostly covers Will County government, politics, education and more. He earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master's degree from Northwestern University.