Rauner Says He Wants To Sell Thompson Center in Chicago
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner wants hold a public auction to sell the James R. Thompson Center, which houses state government offices in downtown Chicago.
Rauner made the announcement Tuesday morning in the 16-story glass-paneled building's large atrium. He called the building "ineffective'' and a "very wasteful, very inefficient use of space.'' The governor said selling the building and moving state workers elsewhere could save the state between $6 million and $12 million a year.
Earlier this year, Rauner's administration asked for an appraisal of the building. Rauner said the center "can be replaced by a very positive, very impactful new building.''
The 30-year-old Thompson Center was designed by architect Helmut Jahn. It's named for James R. Thompson, who served as Illinois governor from 1977 to 1991.
The building's round shape and large atrium makes it stand out among more stately downtown buildings. However, parts of the Thompson Center have fallen into disrepair and require work.