Construction crews board up Rock Island County Courthouse

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Rock Island County is securing the first floor of the courthouse while it sits in limbo.

County Board Chairman Richard Brunk said Valley Construction crews boarded up the windows on the first floor to keep people out until a final decision is made about the demolition. 

Landmarks Illinois, a preservation group, filed an appeal to save the building last month. On April 12, they paid a more than $300,000 bond. 

But now the waiting game continues.

Landmarks Illinois spokesperson Kaitlyn McAvoy said now they have to wait for the Rock Island Circuit Court Clerk’s office to send paperwork to the Appellate Court, which is due May 24. Then the Appellate Court can establish a schedule for the case. 

If the court follows the default schedule, there might not be a decision on the courthouse until August.

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