Illinois State Capitol

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401 South 2nd Street, Springfield, IL, USA
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Illinois History Apr 12, 2010
Yes, I do work here now, but I'm writing this from the perspective of a visitor. I had visited the Illinois State Capitol a couple times prior to working here.

The Illinois State Capitol Building is open for tours everyday (even Sunday, I believe). You can meet a tour guide at the information desk on the first floor in the rotunda. They will guide you through the Captiol, pointing out the life-size statues on the second floor (among them Abraham Lincoln and Stephan Douglas) and the Governor's office. (Ok, I interject a story here. I was able to go into the Governor's office recently and meet with him personally with a Representative, over some budget issues. No matter what you think of the man or Illinois politics -- and I'm defending neither -- it has been one of the few highlights of this job). Also on the second floor is the Hall of Governor's, where portraits of the former governors hang.

The tour also goes to the galleries of both the Senate and the House. If you visit while the legislature is in Session, you are able to watch either chamber in action. Just for reference: Democrats sit on the left; Republicans on the right. There are 59 members of the Senate; 118 of the House of Representatives.

Our current Capitol Building was built in the 1880s. It is the highest (though not the tallest, that's the Hilton built on lower ground) building in Springfield. In fact, there is a city statute that says no building may be higher than the Capitol.

If you are a history buff, or an Illinois resident, a visit to the state capitol is recommended. It is interesting to see just where the state's laws and regulation are decided. Plus, imagine the history -- the state legislature has met here since the 1880s.
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