State receiving crticism for $670 doors purchase

By WEEK Reporter

September 5, 2013 Updated Sep 6, 2013 at 12:31 AM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, IL. -- There's criticism about the state's decision to pay nearly $670,000 for three sets of copper-plated wood doors at the Illinois Capitol.

The doors are part of a $50million renovation project.

Republican State Representative Jeanne Ives of Springfield says the doors' hefty price tag "doesn't look right," particularly when Illinois is struggling with a $100 billion pension backlog.

The custom doors were designed to resemble the original ones on the building that's a national historic landmark and designed to last for decades.