“These $700k doors were made by Imperial Woodworking (Palatine, IL). Imperial is owned by Union Labor Committee Trustee Frank Huschitt.” – Allen
More details about ornate renovations at the state Capitol – including more than $323,000 for four chandeliers – have drawn sharp criticism from lawmakers who say Illinois is not in a position for such pricey upgrades when it’s facing massive financial problems.
The nearly $50 million taxpayer funded renovation in Springfield includes nearly $160,000 for two sculptures of maidens at a staircase and the chandeliers, which resemble gas and lamp fixtures, according to a story in Sunday’s Chicago Sun-Times. Capitol architect J. Richard Alsop III confirmed the details late Friday.
The price tag of another renovation has already drawn heavy scrutiny: nearly $670,000 for copper-plated wooden doors, a cost first revealed in a column by The State Journal-Register’s Dave Bakke.