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Rock Island County May Soon Demolish Old Courthouse

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Michelle O'Neill
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WVIK News
A crane is parked next to the old Rock Island County courthouse in downtown Rock Island, IL. (November 18th, 2022)

Rock Island County may soon be able to tear down the old courthouse.

This morning, the county board asked a Peoria County judge to acknowledge that it has fulfilled a recordation of the historic building as required an appellate court. That's according to board Chair Richard Brunk.

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Michelle O'Neill
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WVIK News

In October, the county board filed a petition asking for today's hearing, saying two state agencies have approved its documentation of the building's history. So now the county needs the judge's permission to begin demolition.

The hearing was held in Peoria because that's where the original lawsuit was heard.

A large crane has been parked next to the old courthouse for years as historic preservation advocates took Rock Island County to court, trying to prevent its demolition.

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