* From a press release…
“The decision to renovate the west wing of the Capitol was part of the Illinois Jobs Now! program approved by the General Assembly and the governor in 2009.
While much attention is given to the finishes that restore the building back to its original period of significance, that focus represents a mere fraction of the work being done to restore the Capitol. This renovation was primarily about life safety and making the necessary infrastructure changes needed to stabilize the building for future generations.
The Office of the Architect of the Capitol worked with this Board and Capital Development Board to ensure that all procedural requirements were followed and the fiscal limits of the plan were respected. As a result, we will have a safer and more accessible building that will stand the test of time while appropriately reflecting the greatness of the state.
The Board will continue to ensure that we uphold these standards, review our policies and preserve this national historic landmark on behalf of its occupants, visitors and Illinois taxpayers.”
Office of the Architect of the Capitol Board:
Those signatories are the two House clerks and Senate secretaries, representing both parties. Mapes, of course, is also House Speaker Michael Madigan’s chief of staff.
Needless to say, it’s highly doubtful that any of the four would sign on to this statement without an OK from above.