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Getting a Statue to The Capitol

Updated: Tuesday, June 3 2014, 05:15 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD -- State Senator  Darin LaHood and a bipartisan group of lawmakers would like to give Ronald Reagan's likeness a home in the capitol complex, leaving many to wonder how the process works, especially, at a time when government funds are tight.

"When you look at our capital and all the statues and memorials here there's nothing that recognizes Ronald Reagan. Ronald Regan is the only President raised in Illinois, lived here, and got his education here, And, the fact that we don't have anything recognizing him here to me was something that needed to be changed," said Sen LaHood.
 
And, the Senator Is making sure taxpayers aren't footing the bill.

The statue will be constructed and placed in the capitol complex using only private funds.
     
"We have a nationwide effort with that. We have the Ronald Reagan Society at Eureka College, and we also have the society in Dixon, Illinois, his boyhood home. And then obviously Reagan's tentacles go throughout the country so we'll have a nationwide effort over the next year  to help do that. And I know here locally, the Community Foundation here in Springfield is going to help us out a little bit too," said LaHood.
 
 Because the plan doesn't include government money the process for approval is much more simple.

 The proposal goes to the Capitol Architect and he verifies the statue meets the administrative code, that outlines a strategy for where statues could be placed and what the statues represent.

"Assuming they meet that criteria we would run it by our four member board. We would also include the Secretary of State. And if approved by both of those bodies then we would determine a location and that's where it would be placed," said J. Richard Alsop, Architect of the Capitol.

The Ronald Reagan statue is expected to cost around $200 to $250,000. If it required state funds the money for the project would have to pass the General Assembly and that could hold up the project for years. 

The Capitol Architect's Board has a 50 year master plan, But as of today, it's only 75 percent complete.
   
That's because lawmakers haven't released the funds for the group to complete it.

Getting a Statue to The Capitol


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