U of I contract questioned over potential conflict
CHICAGO (AP) – A $4.6 million University of Illinois contract given to an architecture firm is on hold and under scrutiny after it emerged the company is partly owned by the husband of a school administrator.
The contract with BLDD Architects is part of the renovation of the Natural History Building on the Urbana-Champaign campus. Bruce Maxey owns 8.9 percent of BLDD. His wife, Jill Maxey, is the university's associate director of planning and a former BLDD employee. Her job includes construction-project oversight.
The Chicago Tribune reports the state Procurement Policy Board plans to review the contract, which some board members want voided.
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