Pat Quinn 'concerned' about Illinois Capitol's cooper doors

6:38 PM, Sep 5, 2013   |    comments
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A spokeswoman for Pat Quinn says the Illinois governor is "concerned" about an architect's choice to use nearly $670,000 copper-plated wooden doors as part of a Capitol renovation project.

Quinn spokeswoman Brooke Anderson said Thursday that the governor believes any capital projects should be conducted in a "prudent and cost-effective manner." Critics have said the doors are too costly for the state when the Illinois pension fund is underfunded by $100 billion. The ornate doors are part of a $50 million renovation project on the state Capitol building.

The doors were custom-made to resemble the original oak and black walnut doors that had bronze ornamentation. The building is a National Historic Landmark. The doors that were replaced were made of glass and metal.

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