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Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

After oral arguments in the appeal of the Rock Island County Courthouse demolition, the head of the county board is confident the county and Public Building Commission will win. 

Chair Richard Brunk says the separation of powers gives the chief judge the authority to tear down the courthouse without getting a permit from the State Historic Preservation Office.

And he says even if the county loses the appeal, nothing in the lawsuit would prevent the demolition.

Brunk says Rock Island County's attorney told the appeals court that the board already tried and failed to find a way to re-purpose the 122-year-old courthouse for county use.

And it's not willing to sell the property.

"The long-term efficiences will be huge. It'll save taxpayers a lot of money to consolidate county facilities whether it happens in two, five, or ten years down the road." He says the savings would dwarf the revenue from property taxes from a private developer.

The board and sheriff also say the courthouse poses a threat to the security of the new justice center annex. And the property has been the site of various Rock Island County buildings since 1841.

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It's time to wait again, now that a panel of judges has heard oral arguments about whether Rock Island County and its Public Building Commission may tear down the courthouse.


Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Oral arguments are set for tomorrow at 9 am in Ottawa, IL in the appeal of the Rock Island County courthouse case.

Michelle O'Neill has more.


Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

People who want to save the Rock Island County courthouse are offering free beer to anyone who can change their minds. The historic building in the Quad Cities could be demolished depending on a lawsuit.

Michelle O'Neill reports this morning in downtown Rock Island and later in downtown Moline, two advocates for saving the 120-year-old building started a campaign called, "Change My Mind." 


Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Historic preservation groups plan to post the money required for them to appeal a decision in the Rock Island County courthouse lawsuit.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

The Peoria County judge who dismissed the Rock Island County courthouse case on March 19th, 2019 based her decision on the plain language of state law. 

Michelle O'Neill reports she also relied on a test case from three years ago, which was decided by a Henry County, Illinois judge.


Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

(Updated 3/22/2019)

The plaintiffs in the Rock Island County courthouse lawsuit are not giving up. The five historic preservation groups and two individuals are appealing a judge's dismissal of their case earlier this week. And their lawyer filed the appeal on Thursday in Rock Island.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

A contractor may soon begin tearing down the Rock Island County courthouse.

This afternoon, Peoria County Judge Jodi Hoos dismissed a lawsuit filed by preservation groups and individuals who want to prevent demolition of the 122-year-old building. 

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

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

WVIK News

The first court hearing in the Rock Island County courthouse demolition case will be held in Peoria Wednesday.

The county board's attorney filed the "notice of hearing" in Rock Island County late this afternoon.

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