Rock Island courthouse defenders don’t want it demolished
ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (AP) — With a decision just days away, supporters of a 123-year-old stone courthouse are urging an Illinois county to keep away the wrecking ball.
It could cost $20 million or more to renovate the Rock Island County courthouse for other uses. The county board will vote on July 17 whether to take key steps toward demolition.
The Dispatch-Rock Island Argus says a rally to save the courthouse drew more than 40 people Sunday. They held signs declaring, “Save Our Court House.” Local resident Vince Thomas says Rock Island “will lose the character of the city” if the old courthouse is knocked down.
Drew Starenko of Rock Island’s Broadway Historic District says the courthouse could last another 100 years.
Information from: The Dispatch - The Rock Island Argus, http://www.qconline.com