The Architect of the State Capitol has come under fire for not properly planning for the Capitol Complex’s future. Illinois’ Auditor General says the Office of the Architect didn’t have a long range master facilities plan in place last fiscal year. Capitol Architect Richard Alsop says the governor’s office of management and budget controls the funding for such plans, and past administrations didn’t want to pay for it.
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“We don’t yet have total control of the funding,” he says. “We think with [Governor Pat] Quinn’s administration, we’re heading down the right path to beginning to start the master plan again.” Alsop says a master facilities plan deals with buildings on the complex other than the Capitol building, such as the Howlett and Stratton buildings. Alsop says the plan visits facility needs as much as 50 years in the future, but he says the Capitol building isn’t going away – so it’s not included in planning documents.