State Capitol dome to go without holidays for third year

Illinois State Capitol building
Illinois State Capitol building Photo credit Getty Images

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — A Central Illinois landmark will not be lit up for the holidays...again.

The state Capitol dome in Springfield will be without holiday lights for the third year in a row because of structural issues.

A spokesperson for the Illinois Secretary of State's office said it needs to fortify an observation deck above the dome before the lights can be put up.

An engineering firm made that recommendation in 2019 but the Secretary of State's office, which serves as custodian of the building, has yet to secure funding for the project.

The tradition of hanging lights from the Capitol dome started in 1924 and it became an annual event in the 1960s.