• Details on Capitol renovations irk state lawmakers

    by  • September 9, 2013 • News

    More details about ornate renovations at the state capitol are drawing criticism from lawmakers at a time when Illinois already has massive financial problems. statecapitol

    The Chicago Sun-Times reports the nearly $50 million tax-payer funded renovation includes $160,000 for sculptures and $323,000 for chandeliers.

    Chicago democrat state Sen. Patricia Van Pelt says she’s embarrassed by the spending especially as Illinois has a nearly $100 billion pension problem.

    Other renovations have already drawn criticism from Gov. Pat Quinn and candidates seeking office in 2014. They’ve blasted the $670,000 price tag for copper-plated doors.

    House Speaker Michael Madigan’s spokesman has said the doors are designed to make the building like the original construction. The capitol is a national historic landmark.

    Capitol architect J. Richard Alsop III confirmed the new details last week.