McDonough County Courthouse

Prosecutors Must Demonstrate Negligence
4:28 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Failure To Pay Court Fines Is Not Enough To Be Sentenced

The McDonough County Courthouse

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.

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Clock Tower Dome
8:09 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Repairs Approved for McDonough County Courthouse

This photo shows some of the repair work needed on the courthouse dome.
Credit Western Illinois Regional Council

Restoration work will be done this spring and summer to the clock tower dome on the McDonough County Courthouse.

“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 Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust.

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Remodeling Job Complete
2:39 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Courtroom Returned to Historic Look

Associate Judge Patricia Walton points to some of the changes in Courtroom 203
Credit Rich Egger

McDonough County courtroom now looks a lot more like it might have when the courthouse was completed in 1872.

Courtroom 203 has a refinished oak floor, a new bench, and a new table top. All were custom made and handcrafted.

In addition, the paneling was removed from the walls and replaced with drywall and wainscoting.

“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.

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Historic Designation
3:41 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

National Honor for the Old Bailey House

The Old Bailey House
Rich Egger

The National Park Service has placed the Old Bailey House, 100 S Campbell St, Macomb on the National Register of Historic Places.

“It's a grand, beautiful old lady of a house here in town,” said Bob Fischer of the McDonough County Historic Preservation Society.

The Old Bailey House was built by William S. Bailey, who was the founder and first president of Union National Bank.

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Will Provide 24 Hour Security
12:39 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

McDonough County Courthouse to add Video Surveillance

McDonough County will upgrade security at its courthouse by the end of the year.

Sheriff Rick Van Brooker has been pushing for the upgrade. He says it will act as a deterrent.

He says, “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'll get.”

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.

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