State budget woes stall progress on 2 Springfield projects

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Historic Preservation Agency officials say renovation work at two Springfield historic sites is being affected by state budget negotiations. A spokesman for the agency says work at the Old State Capitol and the Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices is on hold because bids were never awarded due to uncertainty over the state budget. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that about $500,000 worth of work at the Old State Capitol was supposed to begin last year, but the project had to be rebid when three bids were rejected and a fourth came in $140,000 over available funding. Bids also were accepted on a $1.1 million project to renovate the Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices. The spokesman says both projects will have to be rebid when a new budget is in place.