Capitol renovation http://wuis.org en Capitol Renovation Contractor Pleads Guilty To Fraud http://wuis.org/post/capitol-renovation-contractor-pleads-guilty-fraud <p>The Illinois attorney general says the former president of a Peoria-area construction firm involved with Illinois Capitol renovations has pleaded guilty to fraud.<br />&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;Stephen Roeschley is former president of Morton-based Core Construction<br />Services of Illinois. Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office says Roeschley pleaded guilty Friday to wire fraud in Sangamon County court.<br />&nbsp;<br />Madigan's office says the company used a minority-owned business to obtain a<br />contract as part of the $50 million Illinois Capitol restoration project. Fri, 02 May 2014 18:42:52 +0000 Associated Press 24291 at http://wuis.org Capitol Renovation Contractor Pleads Guilty To Fraud 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 Capitol Renovations Aim For Historical Look http://wuis.org/post/capitol-renovations-aim-historical-look <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In Springfield, the west wing of Illinois' Capitol building is nearing the end of a two-year, $50 million renovation.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Workers are putting on the finishing touches. Everywhere you look, you see a balance between modern building requirements and historical details.</span></p><p>The door handles are flipper style — that's easier to use for people with disabilities — but they're cast with the state seal. There are lighted emergency exit signs, of course, but they're in an old-timey font.</p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 22:22:14 +0000 Brian Mackey 7900 at http://wuis.org Capitol Renovations Aim For Historical Look