Justice Center


Residents of Rock Island County can help decide the future of the courthouse. Tuesday night the county board will hold a public hearing.


Some relief is in sight for Rock Island County employees who've been working without air conditioning in recent weeks. New equipment could be installed as soon as this week to cool the justice center and jail.

A group of about ten people wearing hard hats use shovels painted gold to scoop some dirt.
Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

"This is the brightest day for Rock Island County that we have seen in years." That's what Chief Judge Walter Braud said this afternoon, as he and county officials held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new annex to the justice center.

Gray three-story building with windows and landscaping and the existing justice center in the background
submitted / Rock Island County Public Building Commission

This week, construction workers will start getting ready to build an annex to the Rock Island County Justice Center. 

Credit DEA

Local residents have a good reason to clean out their medicine cabinets this weekend. Saturday, residents can drop off unwanted or expired prescription drugs, at the Waste Commission of Scott County or the Rock Island County Justice Center. 

Rock Island County Criminal Justice Center and Jail
Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Rock Island County's new administrator has his work cut out for him. Dave Ross has been working to cut costs and find a way to pay for expanding the Justice Center. That's because the courthouse is in sorry shape after years of neglect.

The pace should pick up even more now that a Henry County judge has ruled that the county's Public Building Commission can proceed with the plan.

On today's WVIK News Focus, Michelle O'Neill spends a few minutes talking with County Administrator, Dave Ross. He's set to meet privately with the board tomorrow.

Quad Cities Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

A local group is fixing up a memorial for police officers killed in the line of duty. Next month, members will unveil the changes at the Justice Center in Rock Island.The Quad Cities Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is a committee of police officers and family members. President Troy Sullivan says they raise money to support families and other officers, and preserve the memorial. The site includes a statue, benches, and bricks engraved with officers' names.