Gov. Pat Quinn is putting renovations at the State Capitol on hold, but not before one of his challengers in the governor’s race blamed Quinn for allowing the repairs in the first place. Democratic candidate for governor Bill Daley ripped Quinn for the $50 million project on the Capitol’s West Wing, specifically $667,608 for copper-plated doors.
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“You’re just going through the door, you’re not living in there,” Daley said. Quinn responded by saying he has already told his budget office not to release any more money for renovations. He said the governor’s office doesn’t have a say in what building materials are used in the renovations.
“The only control I have is holding off their appropriation, which is exactly what I’ve done,” Quinn said. The governor’s office clarified that this wouldn’t affect the completed repairs on the West Wing at the heart of the controversy, as that has money already been spent. The move may impact future renovations on other wings of the Capitol.