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.