In case you missed it Monday, Illinois Review picked up this story three days before the Chicago media decided to cover it ...
SPRINGFIELD - As part of the ongoing $50 million renovation, debt-ridden Illinois taxpayers borrowed over $660,000 more to pay for three sets of copper-plated accesses (some may say "excesses") to the Capitol building.
"The total for the doors is $669,608. But, technically, it’s six doors, two for each of three doorways on the west end of the Capitol. So it’s more like $223,000 each for three doorways, not three doors. Just the cost of installation is $78,000, which is included in the total," SJR's Dave Bakke reported.
“We must remember,” the State Capitol Architect Richard Alsop wrote in his email to Bakke, “that these are custom doors with carvings that do not exist on a shelf at the local home improvement store. Like many other materials in the building, it takes craftsmen to perform the work necessary to give us the desired and appropriate historic fabric.”Copper-plated doors at a time when the state if over $130 billion in unpaid pension obligations and billions and months behind in paying state agencies.