A two-year absence of the Alma Mater statue at the University of Illinois will be over at some point next month.
What was supposed to be a nine-month procedure turned into a much longer and much costlier project than expected. Complications in the preservation forced the workers to conduct a much more in-depth procedure. In addition, the original estimate was $92,000, but the resulting cost was $360,000, nearly four times that amount. This is being paid entirely via donations to the Chancellor’s fund.