Despite the frigid weather, some elderly residents of Rock Island are climbing on buses to visit the office of the county assessor. Thursday and Friday, 58 residents of Friendship Manor are applying for this year's senior homestead exemption - that would save them 500 dollars on their 2017 taxes.
Despite its age and condition, the Rock Island County courthouse should be saved. That's according to the Rock Island Preservation Society which says it's eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.
Rising property values should bring in some new revenue for the United Township School District. Monday night the board of education will discuss a proposed tax levy for next year, with final approval set for next month.
Just in time for October which is Family History Month, the Rock Island County Clerk's office has expanded its services for genealogists. Indexes of births, marriages, and deaths can now be searched online.
Rock Island County will soon start looking for a new county administrator. One month after notifying the county board that he would probably be leaving, Dave Ross has accepted a similar position in Florida.
Work could begin soon on major improvements at the Loud Thunder Forest Preserve in Rock Island County. Tuesday night, the Forest Preserve Commission, made up of all the members of the county board, approved borrowing 4.5 million dollars.
A lot of the literal groundwork has been done on Rock Island County's $28 million Criminal Justice Center annex. The three-story building will include four courtrooms and offices for court administration, the circuit clerk, and the state's attorney and his staff.