The governor’s office isn’t interested in an architect’s hurt feelings.

“Gov. Pat Quinn represents the taxpayers of Illinois,” says spokesman Dave Blanchette, “and right now, the taxpayers of Illinois cannot afford excessive and extravagant spending on anything, including the state Capitol building.”


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That re-affirms Quinn’s complaint that architect J. Richard Alsop must be “reined in” – once it came out the state is spending more than $600,000 on three sets of copper-clad doors for the west wing. Even though the $50 million project is part of a $31 billion construction program approved in 2009, you might say the $600,000 opens the door to criticism.

Alsop said Friday the criticism is “completely unfair.” Blanchette says the modernizations and safety upgrades are important; fancy doors, chandeliers and statues are not.