CHICAGO - Gotta love those Democrat gubernatorial primaries. Tuesday a back-and-forth between Governor Pat Quinn and Democrat challenger Bill Daley ended up with Quinn shutting down any further authorizations for the Capitol's $50 Millions renovation project.
The heat turned up on the Capitol project when the amount taxpayers are spending on $669,000 copper doors and hundreds of thousands more on chandeliers began hitting the media early last week - and later, when the Chicago media picked up the story.
In a press conference Tuesday, Daley said spending nearly $700,000 for new copper doors at the Capitol in Springfield as part of a Statehouse renovation was “ridiculous” and represented an “attitude” that government spending isn’t treated as taxpayer money.
“If I was governor and this (news) broke, if I didn’t know about it, and my staff didn’t tell me, all hell would break loose. That’s what somebody who manages a state or manages a business does,” the Tribune reports he said.
Even more interesting was the fact that Quinn's spokesperson Brooke Anderson insisted the governor had nothing to say about the expenditures - but that was before the Governor cut off the funds.