The Illinois Supreme Court Building in Springfield is getting a $12.6
million revamp as part of the “Illinois Jobs Now!” capital program,
Gov. Pat Quinn announced Thursday.
Quinn said the contracts have been awarded for rehabilitation projects of the historic building, which opened in 1908.
is the first major renovation work on this historic building in nearly a
century,” Quinn said in a statement. “This project will protect the state’s
investment in this building and ensure that it will serve taxpayers for
another hundred years.”
The one-year construction period, which is
expected to start June 17, involves the renovation of offices, storage
and work areas and the preservation of public spaces, courtrooms,
library and support spaces.
The plumbing, electrical, climate
control, security, and fire suppression systems will also see
improvements. Also, the existing exterior windows will be removed and
replaced with protective glazing. The east parking lot will see
modifications for security and improved traffic circulation.
During construction, the Illinois Supreme Court will hear oral arguments
in the 18th floor courtroom in the Michael A. Bilandic Building at 160
N. LaSalle St. in Chicago. The Springfield office of the Illinois
Supreme Court Clerk and other Springfield Supreme Court staff will move
to an interim location at the Herndon Building, located at 421 East Capitol Ave. in Springfield.