The University of Illinois has come under fire from a state oversight board for allegedly violating state conflict-of-interest laws. A $4.6 million contract to renovate the Urbana-Champaign campusâ€™ Natural History Building went to BLDD Architectsâ€”a central Illinois firm owned partially by a U of I planning administratorâ€™s husband.
An advisory vote by the Procurement Board Tuesday sends the issue to the Illinois inspector general for investigation. The panel has voted twice to void the contract, but the stateâ€™s chief procurement officer for higher education vetoed the first vote.
The runner-up firms have said they will continue with BLDDâ€™s design plans with minimal delay.