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Office Furniture Tab For Capitol Rehab? Nearly Half A MILLION Dollars

The Illinois State Capitol Building as seen looking west from the grounds of the Illinois Supreme Court Building. This State
The Illinois State Capitol Building as seen looking west from the grounds of the Illinois Supreme Court Building. This State Capitol Building houses the offices of the Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller, and Treasurer, as well as the House of Representatives and Senate Chambers. The State General Assembly first met here in 1877, although parts of the building remained under construction until 1888. At 361 feet, the Illinois State Capitol Building is the tallest of all domed capitols in the United States.

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois may be broke, but it isn’t so poor that it can’t afford to equip the Capitol offices of 19 state senators and a corps of legislative staffers with nearly $500,000 worth of new office furniture.

That expenditure is the latest costly piece of a controversial $50 million makeover that Gov. Pat Quinn says has turned the Illinois Statehouse into a Midwestern version of the “Palace of Versailles.”

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