Illinois Capitol renovations irk state lawmakers

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - More details about ornate renovations at the state Capitol are drawing criticism from lawmakers at a time when Illinois already has massive financial problems.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports the nearly $50 million tax-payer funded renovation includes $160,000 for sculptures and $323,000 for chandeliers.

Chicago Democrat state Sen. Patricia Van Pelt says she's embarrassed by the spending especially as Illinois has a nearly $100 billion pension problem.

Other renovations have already drawn criticism from Gov. Pat Quinn and candidates seeking office in 2014. They've blasted the $670,000 price tag for copper-plated doors.

House Speaker Michael Madigan's spokesman has said the doors are designed to make the building like the original construction. The Capitol is a National Historic Landmark.

Capitol architect J. Richard Alsop III confirmed the new details last week.

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

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