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Rock Island Council May Ask County Board to Reconsider Courthouse Demolition

Rock Island County courthouse, east side (file)

Rock Island aldermen may ask the county board and Public Building Commission to change their minds about demolishing the courthouse. Tonight's council agenda includes a resolution inviting the board and commission to work with Rock Island to privatize and redevelop the 120-year-old building. 

Earlier this month, Mayor Mike Thoms said he understands the position of local historic preservation groups. Last week, several historic preservation groups filed a lawsuit against the Rock Island County Board and the Public Building Commission. 

The head of Landmarks Illinois, Bonnie McDonald, says state law gives the City of Rock Island a say in whether the courthouse can be torn down. But, the Public Building Commission has not followed that process. 

Fifth Ward Alderman, Dylan Parker, proposed the intergovernmental agreement with the Rock Island County Board be placed on tonight's city council agenda. Members may decide to vote on it or table the resolution.

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