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Budget includes $80M for Capitol fixes, $30M for fairgrounds

Repairing buildings at the state fairgrounds, replacing some plumbing in the Capitol and making long-awaited improvements to the Lincoln-Herndon law office are among the public works projects that will be financed under the budget signed into law Monday.
“The things moving to the head of the line in this budget would be (road projects), also several hundred million dollars for improvements and repairs at facilities like colleges, universities, prisons, the Capitol Complex,” said Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, the House Democrats’ point person on the budget. “The deferred maintenance kind of repairs that have built up over the last couple of years so there can be some catch-up.”
That includes a $30 million appropriation for upgrading the plumbing in the Capitol.
“This is a proactive measure designed to repair and eliminate old piping and eliminate dead leg piping,” said Henry Haupt, spokesman for Secretary of State Jesse White. The office is responsible for upkeep of the Capitol.
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