Rock Island County

Voters may be asked in the fall to approve an increase in the sales tax to help solve Rock Island County fix its budget. 

Budget discussions continue this week for the Rock Island County Board. 

Credit Niabi Zoo

A curator from the Smithsonian National Zoo is leaving Washington D.C. to manage the zoo in the Quad Cities. After a national search, Lee Jackson has been named the new Director of the Niabi Zoo in Coal Valley. 

Major changes are in store for the Rock Island County Board. Tuesday  night, it approved reducing the size of the board and eliminating insurance and pension benefits for board members. 

Rock Island County Board Considers Reform Measures

Mar 17, 2016

The Rock Island County Board is still trying to solve financial problems and address concerns from residents.

Board members decided this week to consider five parts of a reform package separately, acting on the recommendation of the Rock Island County State's Attorney.

Board member Drue Mielke from Coal Valley says the board will vote on three proposals next week: downsizing the board from 25 to 15, eliminating health insurance benefits and withdrawing from the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund.

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The Rock Island County Board has given its final approval to building an annex to replace the courthouse. Tuesday night the vote was 15-8 in favor of borrowing up to 28 million dollars for the project. 

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Rock Island County Administrator, Dave Ross, is happy with employees who erased a 1.3 million dollar deficit from last year's budget. So happy that he included a smiley face :) in his email announcing the good news.

A group of voters talk in front of the Rock Island County building in October, 2014.

Early voting for the Illinois primary election will begin Thursday, three days after the Iowa caucuses.

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The Rock Island County board has taken the next step in its efforts to build an annex to the justice center and courthouse. Tuesday night, it voted to spend no more than 28 million dollars on the project. 

Board chair, Ken Maranda, says that's the maximum amount the county will borrow if the board decides to build the annex.

The vote in favor was 22 to 2.

Rock Island County will not have to ask voters for permission to build a new annex for the county courthouse. That was the ruling Wednesday in a lawsuit against the Rock Island County Public Building Commission.