Courthouse can be demolished after lawsuit dismissed

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The judge in Peoria County’s 10th Circuit Court ruled in favor of Rock Island County’s motion to dismiss Landmarks Illinois’ lawsuit regarding demolition of the 122-year-old Rock Island County Courthouse.

“We are saddened by the court’s decision to dismiss our case but we will continue to voice our opposition to the improper and wasteful demolition of this historic local asset in Rock Island and urge the PBC and County Board to consider proposed alternatives,” Landmarks Illinois said in a statement to Local 4 News.

Here is the full statement from Landmarks Illinois: 

Landmarks Illinois disagrees with today’s outcome, and we will be exploring our options to appeal. The judge in Peoria County’s 10th Circuit Court ruled in favor of Rock Island County’s motion to dismiss LI’s lawsuit regarding unlawful demolition of the historic Rock Island County Courthouse. LI strongly believed it was important to elevate calls for reuse of the architecturally and historically significant, 122-year-old courthouse prior to expending taxpayer funds on demolition. Our lawsuit challenged the Rock Island County Board and the Rock Island County Public Building Commission on what we argued was a violation of state preservation laws. We are saddened by the court’s decision to dismiss our case but we will continue to voice our opposition to the improper and wasteful demolition of this historic local asset in Rock Island and urge the PBC and County Board to consider proposed alternatives.

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