- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 18, 2005

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The state says it will try to recover cost overruns that could total up to $15 million for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum project.

Illinois officials plan to negotiate with the project’s designer, architect and head construction contractor, said Anthony Licata, chairman of the state’s Capital Development Board.

The library portion of the $145 million complex was originally scheduled to open in 2002 but failed to open until October last year. The museum opened in April.

St. Louis architect Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum Inc. said last week the company will continue to work with the state board to resolve the matter.

The Springfield office of contractor Siciliano Inc. and the Burbank, Calif., office of design firm BRC Imagination Arts did not comment.

The library is not operated by the National Archives like the libraries for Presidents Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan, and it is not the official repository of documents from Lincoln’s presidency.

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