Gov. Pat Quinn has suspended funding for the next phase of a pricey renovation project at the state Capitol that’s caused embarrassment for financially-shaky Illinois and raised questions about how it was allowed.
Quinn has instructed his budget director to hold up any further appropriations for the project. The restoration has drawn criticism from officeholders and candidates, along with lots of finger-pointing. Sparking the outrage has been copper-plated wooden doors with a nearly $670,000 price tag and more than $323,000 for four chandeliers.
Quinn blamed Capitol architect Richard Alsop and says he needs to be “reigned in” by the legislative commission he reports to. It’s a nearly 50 million dollar renovation of the west wing funded by the state’s capital construction program.