Budget-Watchers See New Illinois State Police HQ as Half-Empty


In 2007, Illinois spent $13.2 million to buy the former Franklin Life Insurance building in Springfield to serve as a new headquarters for the Illinois State Police, as well as a workplace for employees of other state agencies, reports the Springfield State Journal-Register. Four years later, State Police still are the only tenants. That's led some officials to question whether space in the massive building is being used properly and whether the state is wasting money by continuing to lease offices when it could move people into a state-owned building.

“It is being totally underutilized,” said Ed Bedore, a member of the state's Procurement Policy Board, which oversees state leasing. “Considering this is a law enforcement facility, there are a number of security concerns, security clearances, technology infrastructure that absolutely must be considered,” said State Police spokeswoman Monique Bond. “There are a lot of criminal justice issues, confidentiality issues.” The state originally said 1,500 people would work there. But only about 500 work in the building now, all for State Police.

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