McDonough County Courthouse http://tspr.org en Failure To Pay Court Fines Is Not Enough To Be Sentenced http://tspr.org/post/failure-pay-court-fines-not-enough-be-sentenced <p>Nine of the inmates at McDonough County Jail are there for failing to pay their court fines. However, not everyone who fails to pay gets sent to jail.<br /> Thu, 22 May 2014 21:28:43 +0000 Frannie Smith 53665 at http://tspr.org Failure To Pay Court Fines Is Not Enough To Be Sentenced Repairs Approved for McDonough County Courthouse http://tspr.org/post/repairs-approved-mcdonough-county-courthouse <p>Restoration work will be done this spring and summer to the clock tower dome on the McDonough County Courthouse.</p><p></p><p>“The courthouse is kind of a centerpiece for the community,” said Nathan Cobb, assistant planner for the Western Illinois Regional Council, which helped secure a $30,000 grant for the work. The grant comes from the <a href="http://www.driehausfoundation.org/" target="_blank">Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust</a>.</p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 01:09:47 +0000 Rich Egger 30762 at http://tspr.org Repairs Approved for McDonough County Courthouse Courtroom Returned to Historic Look http://tspr.org/post/courtroom-returned-historic-look <p>McDonough County courtroom now looks a lot more like it might have when the courthouse was completed in 1872.</p><p>Courtroom 203 has a refinished oak floor, a new bench, and a new table top. All were custom made and handcrafted.</p><p>In addition, the paneling was removed from the walls and replaced with drywall and wainscoting.</p><p>“We were fortunate to have Mike Lester, who’s originally from Good Hope, who took on the job of basically crafting from hand all aspects of the wood that is in the courtroom and it’s phenomenal,” said Associate Judge Patricia Walton.</p> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 20:39:12 +0000 Rich Egger 24915 at http://tspr.org Courtroom Returned to Historic Look National Honor for the Old Bailey House http://tspr.org/post/national-honor-old-bailey-house <p>The National Park Service has placed the Old Bailey House, 100 S Campbell St, Macomb on the National Register of Historic Places.<br><br>“It's a grand, beautiful old lady of a house here in town,” said Bob Fischer of the McDonough County Historic Preservation Society.<br><br>The Old Bailey House was built by William S. Bailey, who was the founder and first president of Union National Bank.<br> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 20:41:53 +0000 Rich Egger 21481 at http://tspr.org National Honor for the Old Bailey House McDonough County Courthouse to add Video Surveillance http://tspr.org/post/mcdonough-county-courthouse-add-video-surveillance <p>McDonough County will upgrade security at its courthouse by the end of the year.<br /><br />Sheriff Rick Van Brooker has been pushing for the upgrade. He says it will act as a deterrent.<br /><br />He says, &ldquo;I thought it was important that we did it right the first time. A lot of research went into it, a lot of time. And at this point I feel confident with what we&#39;ll get.&rdquo;<br /><br />The system will record video constantly and store it for several days. The sheriff says it will require virtually no maintenance and should provide years of service.<br /> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 17:39:46 +0000 James Lenz 18833 at http://tspr.org McDonough County Courthouse to add Video Surveillance