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Illinois Capitol's doors too pricey, critics say

11:33 AM, Sep 5, 2013   |    comments
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The state's decision to pay nearly $670,000 for three sets of copper-plated wood doors at the Illinois Capitol is being criticized.

The doors are part of a $50 million renovation.

State Rep. Jeanne Ives is a Republican from Wheaton. She tells The Chicago Sun-Times the doors' hefty 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 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."

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Information from: Chicago Sun-Times, http://www.suntimes.com/index

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