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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.


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(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. 

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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Rock Island County is apparently at a crossroads. A contractor is on the verge of demolishing the courthouse as soon as asbestos has been removed.

But historic preservation groups have filed a lawsuit claiming the Rock Island County Board and its Public Building Commission are violating state law.

Michelle O'Neill reports.


Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

The chief judge of Illinois' 14th Circuit says the Rock Island County Courthouse is a danger to employees and the public. That's why last Friday, Walter Braud issued an administrative order to the Rock Island County Board and its Public Building Commission to demolish it as soon as possible.

Michelle O'Neill reports the process could begin within a couple of weeks, when a contractor completes removing asbestos from the courthouse.

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A state office wants Rock Island County to hold off on tearing down the courthouse. 

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

A contractor could begin tearing down the Rock Island County courthouse in about a month. At Thursday's special meeting, the Public Building Commission unanimously approved three contracts, including demolition, asbestos abatement, and landscaping. Chair Brent Ganahl says all three add up to nearly $800,000. 

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

After buying the Col Ballroom in Davenport, a Quad Cities woman is spending even more money to fix it up.

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