The Rock Island County Recorder will be able to move to from the courthouse to the county office building, after all. Tuesday night, the county board approved spending 1.3 million dollars to digitize property records dating back to 1835.


The Rock Island County Board faces some key decisions in the coming months - on finances, the future of the courthouse, and hiring a new administrator.


Despite its age and condition, the Rock Island County courthouse should be saved. That's according to the Rock Island Preservation Society which says it's eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

Gray three-story building with windows and landscaping and the existing justice center in the background
submitted / Rock Island County Public Building Commission

This week, construction workers will start getting ready to build an annex to the Rock Island County Justice Center. 

Rock Island County Criminal Justice Center and Jail
Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Rock Island County's new administrator has his work cut out for him. Dave Ross has been working to cut costs and find a way to pay for expanding the Justice Center. That's because the courthouse is in sorry shape after years of neglect.

The pace should pick up even more now that a Henry County judge has ruled that the county's Public Building Commission can proceed with the plan.

On today's WVIK News Focus, Michelle O'Neill spends a few minutes talking with County Administrator, Dave Ross. He's set to meet privately with the board tomorrow.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

An attempt to solve Rock Island County's courthouse problem is being challenged in court. Today, a special appellate prosecutor filed a complaint against the county's Public Building Commission for over-stepping its authority in June when it voted to buy property for an addition to the justice center.