J. Richard Alsop III http://wuis.org en Architect: Quinn's Comments Are "Out Of Line" http://wuis.org/post/architect-quinns-comments-are-out-line <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The architect of the Illinois Capitol is swinging back at Governor Pat Quinn's accusations that he's responsible for controversial purchases, like $670-thousand dollar copper doors for the Statehouse.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Construction crews spent years renovating the state Capitol's west wing, but its unveiling has been tarnished by reports of what the rehab included, like doors that are as expensive as a large home and chandeliers that rang up to $320,000.</span></p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 20:26:15 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 8867 at http://wuis.org Architect: Quinn's Comments Are "Out Of Line" Oversight Board Members Defend State Capitol Renovation Expenses http://wuis.org/post/oversight-board-members-defend-state-capitol-renovation-expenses <p></p><p>Members of a board overseeing renovations to the state Capitol are defending decisions to include ornate features that have raised eyebrows.</p><p>The four-person board says the inclusion of copper-plated doors and chandeliers was "a mere fraction of the work being done.'' They say the $50 million renovation was mostly about safety and followed all budget and procedural requirements.&nbsp;</p><p>Three sets of copper doors each cost $223,000 and the chandeliers cost $80,000.&nbsp; Gov. Pat Quinn has halted funding for future renovations until a review of the expenditures.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 15:26:25 +0000 Associated Press 8850 at http://wuis.org Oversight Board Members Defend State Capitol Renovation Expenses Quinn Halts Funding For Statehouse Renovation http://wuis.org/post/quinn-halts-funding-statehouse-renovation <p>Gov. Pat Quinn has suspended funding for future renovations at the Capitol, a pricey project that's already caused embarrassment for financially-shaky Illinois and raised questions about how it was allowed. &nbsp;<br>The Chicago Democrat told reporters Tuesday that he's instructed his budget director to hold up appropriations for renovations that are yet to be done. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 22:45:08 +0000 Sean Crawford 8679 at http://wuis.org Quinn Halts Funding For Statehouse Renovation