* The Executive Mansion isn’t the only state property falling into disrepair. Greg Hinz…
The carpeting is beyond ratty, literally held together by duct tape on almost every floor.
The ceiling leaks and the metal panels are rusted. The walls need repainting, and many are discolored. The covered walkway around the building is filthy, and the planters finally got a few plants just last week, though the dead growth from last season’s roses is still there.
Even the landmark Dubuffet sculpture looks discolored, old and tired.
If you wanted to pick a metaphor for the sad shape of Illinois and its government, you couldn’t do better — really, I should say worse — than to stop by the James R. Thompson Center in the North Loop, the seat of state government in Illinois’ largest city. Though the marble floors sparkle and signs of recent work exist here and there, overall it’s a truly sad sight. […]
“It looks like a scrap heap,” [former Gov. Jim Thompson said]. “It’s terrible, just terrible.” […]
“They still have the same [carpet] we put in when the building opened in 1985,” Mr. Thompson said. “And we did cheap carpeting then to stay within the budget. But it wasn’t supposed to last 30 years.”
“What kind of message does it send,” he continues, when visitors walk into a dump? “What impression do you want people to have of state government?”