The Rock Island Preservation Society and Moline Preservation Society see the passing of the Historic Preservation Tax Credit bill passed by an overwhelming majority of the Illinois General Assembly and signed by Governor Rauner, as a great opportunity for Rock Island County to attract investors to participate in a public/private alliance to renovate and reuse the Rock Island County Courthouse. Thus they are asking the Rock Island County Board to work together with them and Landmarks Illinois, to seek out potential investors. 

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MPS members met with State Rep. Mike Halpin, D-Rock Island to advocate for historic tax credits. Halpin has introduced legislation providing an income tax credit on expenditures spent rehabilitating historic structures.

MPS was founded in 1986 by a group working to prevent the demolition of the 1858 Joseph Huntoon House. The Italianate home, which included hand-painted ceilings by Swedish artist Frank Lundahl, was ultimately demolished. Although the house and its history were lost, a strong Moline Preservation Society emerged as a result.

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