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Quinn concerned about Capitols copper doors

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By Sarah Heath By Sarah Heath
By Sarah Heath By Sarah Heath
By Sarah Heath By Sarah Heath
By Sarah Heath By Sarah Heath
By Sarah Heath By Sarah Heath

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A spokeswoman for Pat Quinn says the Illinois governor is “concerned” about an architect’s choice to use nearly $670,000 copper-plated wooden doors as part of a Capitol renovation project.

Quinn spokeswoman Brooke Anderson said Thursday that the governor believes any capital projects should be conducted in a “prudent and cost-effective manner.”

Critics have said the doors are too costly for the state when the Illinois pension fund is underfunded by $100 billion. The ornate doors are part of a $50 million renovation project on the state Capitol building.

“My first impression is it’s a bit much,” said State Senator David Luechtefeld of Okawville.

The doors were custom-made to resemble the original oak and black walnut doors that had bronze ornamentation. The building is a National Historic Landmark. The doors that were replaced were made of glass and metal.

 

The state currently has $6 billion in unpaid bills and has a budget deficit of over $40 million.

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