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Demolition of Rock Island Co Courthouse Delayed

Michelle O'Neill
A crane has been moved to 2nd Avenue's 1300 block near the 122-year-old courthouse.

Opponents of tearing down the Rock Island County courthouse have won a preliminary victory. 

At a hearing this afternoon, a Peoria County judge issued a temporary restraining order, stopping a contractor from starting the demolition. 

Bob Westphal, a member of the Rock Island County Board, attended the hour-long hearing. He says Tenth Circuit Judge Jodi Hoos heard arguments from attorneys for the board and Public Building Commission, and a lawyer representing Landmarks Illinois and other preservation advocates. 

The next hearing is scheduled for March 19th, again in Peoria, on motions to dismiss the lawsuit.

Officially, Michelle's title for 28 years was WVIK News Editor. She did everything there is to do in the newsroom and whatever was needed around the radio station. She also served as Acting News Director from September 2023 - January 2024.
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