Landmarks Illinois

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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.


Landmarks Illinois

The Friends of Hauberg will be recognized for preserving a local landmark. The civic center foundation will receive an "award for advocacy" this Friday in Chicago. Landmarks Illinois will honor the non-profit for restoring the Denkmann-Hauberg Estate in Rock Island.

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." 


Landmarks Illinois

Hoping to save them before it's too late, Landmarks Illinois has once again released a list of the Most Endangered Historic Places in the state. And one of them is the Rock Island County Courthouse.

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.

Demolition Delayed Again

Apr 2, 2019
WVIK News

Another delay in the possible demolition of the Rock Island County Courthouse, and it could last a while. On Monday, the Third District Appellate Court granted a request by preservationists to extend a temporary restraining order, blocking demolition.

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. 

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