Details on Capitol Renovations Irk State LawmakersSPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - More details about ornate renovations at the state Capitol are drawing criticism from lawmakers at a time when Illinois already has massive financial problems.
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.
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