* James Krohe Jr. wrote about the Statehouse remodeling controversy. He doesn’t think much of it. Krohe’s conclusion…
The Capitol is a singular building. If you want to mock the pretensions of the original conception, go ahead; they verge on the preposterous.
But attempting to aggrandize self-government is not an entirely contemptible gesture, and in this case it left the people with a museum of vanished craftmanship that dazzles by its sheer exuberance if not its taste. It is unique, priceless, irreplaceable. Almost everyone who sees it with unjaundiced eyes realizes that we could never do that today. Sadder still, we would never dare to try.
I for one would like to see Illinois officials try a little harder to be as big as their building.
I’m in total agreement with that last line.