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Pricey Capitol Renovations had Narrow Oversight

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The state board that approved copper-plated doors and expensive chandeliers for Capitol renovations meets sporadically and did not see the original price tag on some items. 

The Capitol Architect Board was created in 2004 and is responsible for oversight of a state-employed architect and renovation plans. It consists of four people appointed by House Speaker Michael Madigan and other legislative leaders. 

Gov. Pat Quinn halted all funding for future Capitol renovations pending a review of the $50 million project.  

Critics say the architect and oversight board did not appear to question expenditures proposed by an engineering firm at a time when Illinois is in financial straits.  

House Republican leader Jim Durkin says the ornate fixtures do not "reflect the world we are living in."  

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