Architect Board Defends Capitol Renovations

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The architect of the Illinois Capitol says he's being unfairly targeted by Gov. Pat Quinn's administration for renovations that critics say are unnecessarily extravagant.

J. Richard Alsop III says Quinn's calls to have him "reigned in" are "unwarranted and completely out of line."

Alsop says his office is only one player in the renovation process and says it did the best it could with the resources it had.

Quinn has halted funding for future renovations until a review of the project is done.

Alsop spoke Friday after a board meeting in Springfield addressing the ongoing renovations that included copper-plated doors and chandeliers.

The four-person board said in a statement the $50 million project was mostly about safety, and followed all budget and procedural requirements.


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