Rock Island County

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. 

A Davenport man may help set a legal precedent in Illinois when it comes to the 5th Amendment and self-incrimination. This week, the Third District Appellate Court ruled in his favor, after he refused to give officers the passcode to his phone.

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.

A judge from Peoria will preside over the Rock Island County courthouse demolition case.

Late last week, the Illinois Supreme Court sent a letter to the chief judge of the 10th Judicial Circuit.

It instructed him to assign a judge to hear the complaint filed in the neighboring 14th circuit.

Mississippi Valley Digital Image Archive / Rock Island Public Library

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.


WVIK News

Before issuing a demolition permit for the county courthouse, Rock Island officials plan to wait for approval from two state agencies. Michelle O'Neill reports.


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