* The very same columnist who broke the story about the expensive Statehouse copper doors wrote this without irony today…
For 30 years, I have seen the same old, same old in Springfield. At this time of year, workers climb onto the roof of the Capitol and string those multi-colored holiday lights.
It’s nice and everything, and it’s better than doing nothing, but those lights have gotten very, very old and tired. I am guessing that after so many years of this, people on the streets of Springfield glance at those lights, shrug because they have seen them so many times and then go on their way. That’s if they notice them at all anymore. […]
I suggest the state take a page from the Empire State Building. Put spotlights on the lower level of the Statehouse roof, point them at the Capitol dome and light it up. […]
The Illinois Capitol being a state government building, it’s not going to be used to promote private events, as is the Empire State Building. Everybody has their own cause to push and that can’t be accommodated. […]
Light up our Capitol dome for some national holidays and on 9/11 and on Lincoln’s birthday and other occasions deemed appropriate and non-controversial. I like the idea of lighting the Capitol dome in red, white and blue for July 4, Lincoln’s birthday, on the 200th anniversary of Illinois’ statehood in 2018 or for the annual Police Officers Memorial Day procession through Springfield.
But let’s take this idea a step further. The technology exists to project images onto objects even as huge as the Capitol dome. Why not project Lincoln’s image up there on his birthday and for other Lincoln events, such as the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of his burial in Springfield, taking place in 2015?
I actually like the idea.
But after the copper doors flap can you imagine the uproar if the state paid for all that?