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$670,000 Doors For Illinois Capitol

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Critics are befuddled by Illinois' decision to pay nearly $670,000 for three sets of copper-plated wooden doors at the Capitol building.

State Rep. Jeanne Ives is a Republican from Wheaton. She tells The Chicago Sun-Times the price tag "doesn't look right," particularly when Illinois is struggling with a $100 billion pension backlog.

She says she would have "slapped on ordinary doors and called it a day."

The custom doors are part of a $50 million renovation. They were designed to resemble the original ones on the building that's a national historic landmark. They're designed to last for decades.

Laurence Msall is president of the Civic Federation. He says portions of the "elegant" renovation fly "in the face of what most Illinoisans would declare the state's priority."

According to the State Journal Register newspaper in Springfield, work is wrapping up on the two-year, $50 million renovation and restoration project on the Illinois State Capitol's west wing. It included upgrading mechanical, electrical, plumbing and ventilation systems as well as required public safety and disability access improvements. Decorative features were also restored to be historically accurate.

Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/thedome/x1367233064/Statehouse-renovation-project#ixzz2e3AR1QwJ