Illinois Supreme Court reopens after renovations

SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) - The Illinois Supreme Court building officially reopened Wednesday after 13 months of extensive renovation work.

Chief Justice Rita Garman led members of the media on a tour of the restored building where the state's seven justices will return to begin the court's fall term on Sept. 8.

The building was built in 1906 and saw updates to its courtrooms, library, offices and work areas.

Renovations include new heating, cooling, plumbing and ventilation systems, as well as a new video recording system to record oral arguments and courtroom events.

The cost of renovation work came in just under $16 million and was approved by the Legislature in 2009.

The Supreme Court met in Chicago while the building was closed.

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