Rock Island County

Gray three-story building with windows and landscaping and the existing justice center in the background
submitted / Rock Island County Public Building Commission

This week, construction workers will start getting ready to build an annex to the Rock Island County Justice Center. 


After years of planning, and going to court, Rock Island County is ready to build a new courthouse.

Closeup of the trailer court - the levee is to the right of the first white line along the edge of the trailer court property.
Photo of submitted image / Carbon Cliff Barstow Fire District

The fire station in Barstow may be at a higher risk of flooding because of damage to a dirt levee. That's according to the president of the Carbon Cliff Barstow Fire District.

But Michelle O'Neill reports the land-owner, Rock Island County, has no plans to fix it, and a state agency agrees.

Township officials discuss emergency housing funding at Moline Township Hall.
Sam Dunklau / WVIK News

Rock Island County residents can get help paying their rent or mortgage. Today, Moline Township announced nearly $25,000 is available for Emergency Food and Shelter. The federal money will be distributed to residents of all the county's 18 townships.

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Rock Island County Criminal Justice Center in foreground with the jail to the left
Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

The Rock Island County Board will have to cut jobs to balance next year's budget. On Tuesday, voters rejected a proposed sales tax hike for public safety. Michelle O'Neill reports.

County Administrator, Dave Ross, says he'll meet with board members this week and next, to decide which capital projects to eliminate from the budget plan. All the cuts will have to come from public safety and judicial.

The county employs 277 full-time workers in the jail and sheriff's department, state's attorney's office, courts and court services, plus other divisions.

Sheriff Gerry Bustos, dressed in his brown uniform, talks from behind a podium with several other people behind him.
Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

The Rock Island County Sheriff spelled out the consequences if voters reject a sales tax hike. This morning, Gerry Bustos, Judge Walter Braud, and other officials gave their "closing arguments" for passing the referendum, which is on Tuesday's ballot.

Bustos says the 0.5% sales tax increase would generate $7.5 million a year to pay for public safety, and avoid layoffs. About two dozen Rock Island County deputies stood with the sheriff, wearing black bands across their badges to honor the central Iowa police officers who were murdered this week.

Early Voting Locations Open in Rock Island County

Oct 24, 2016
Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Additional polling places open Monday, October 24, for residents of Rock Island County. Voters can cast ballots early at several locations until November 4th.

With the election less than three weeks away, and early voting already started, officials of Rock Island County continue pushing for a tax referendum on the ballot. The proposed  increase of one-half of one per cent in the local sales tax would support law enforcement, including the sheriff's department and jail.

WVIK Staff

With early voting beginning in Illinois later this week, Rock Island County officials are asking voters one last time to approve a sales tax increase. If approved, the sales tax would increase by half-a-percent, to pay for public safety.