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Several police officers are being sued in federal court following their arrest of a black college student traveling through the Quad Cities last year. Jaylan Butler filed the suit in federal court last month, accusing the officers of participating in unlawful conduct or failing to stop the other officers from engaging in unlawful conduct.  


Rock Island County now has an official offer to buy the courthouse. Tuesday night, local real estate developer Joe Lemon presented his offer to the county board - for 500,000 dollars, with a commitment to invest 8 million to renovate and restore the 124-year old building.

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Next week, Rock Island County voters may learn whether current State's Attorney Dora Villareal's name will be on the ballot in March.

At a hearing this morning before the county electoral board, attorneys argued about objections to her statement of candidacy and petition. 

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At least three democratic candidates' names will be on the ballot for Rock Island County state's attorney.

This afternoon, the electoral board announced its decision to deny the challenges filed against petitions filed by Assistant State's Attorney Calvin Dane and Defense Attorney Herb Schultz. 

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Voters in Rock Island County will decide this spring whether the sales tax should be raised to pay for public safety.

This week, the county board voted to put the referendum on the ballot in the March primary election. 


Opponents of raising property taxes turned out in force Tuesday night to tell the Rock Island County board "no." Ahead of a vote on next year's tax levy, they urged board members to find other alternatives to raising taxes.

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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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Townships in Rock Island County are trying to find people who need help with emergency expenses. This morning at the Moline Township Hall, officials announced the Department of Defense awarded over $20,000 to the townships. It's only for rent and mortgage assistance.

At least four Democratic presidential candidates will visit the Quad Cities this weekend. They're expected to attend the Rock Island County Democratic Party's 52nd Annual Labor Day Picnic on Monday.