- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Access to the north entrance of the Illinois Capitol building is being restricted due to some aging brickwork.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports (https://bit.ly/1DZXOi3 ) a structural engineer looked at the brickwork near the entrance and determined it needed to be fortified.

Secretary of State spokesman Henry Haupt says an engineer is preparing a report on the repairs and the cost.

The entrance will meanwhile be limited to lawmakers and staffers and others with state credentials. Tour groups and others are being re-directed to the east entrance.

Haupt said the office was told there isn’t a danger of collapse, but was advised that large groups of people should not be allowed to stand on the north porch.

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