The Illinois Capitol will get a renovation meant to last “150 years”

Visitors to Springfield, Illinois, will have to contend with capitol construction for the next three years as the Illinois State Capitol building undergoes a sweeping modernization effort announced earlier today.

Completed in 1888 at the cost of $4.5 million, the Illinois Capitol’s distinctive central dome puts it at 361 feet tall, the highest of any non-tower capitol building (including the U.S. Capitol). The dome will be spared any further changes, but the rest of the complex will undergo renovations to the tune of $224.3 million. That money will come from the public as it’s part of Governor J.B. Pritzker’s comprehensive, $45 billion Rebuild Illinois

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