Leave it to Gov. Rod "The Mod" Blagojevich to want to wreck a perfectly good lecture hall, Cole Hall at Northern Illinois University at DeKalb, with a $40 million replacement. Guess we have money to burn in the Land Of Lincoln --- not!
The reason the governor wants to tear down Cole Hall is because five NIU students were killed by a nutjob and 18 students, including three from Lake County, were wounded. Blagojevich believes keeping Cole Hall standing would be too traumatic for NIU students who would be reminded daily of the shooting rampage.
Once Cole Hall would be razed, a new building would rise in its place and named Memorial Hall. Who is advising this man? Whomever, they should be replaced. What? They will be in 2011. Oh, OK.
Cole Hall was built on about the middle of the NIU campus and opened in 1968. From what The Hound saw on the TV, it looks in pretty good shape for being 40. If only The Hound could say the same.
To follow Blagojevich's logic, we should tear up every airport where there has been a plane crash and carnage or any highway where at least five or more people have died in an auto accident. Did they tear down the 32-story clock tower at the University of Texas-Austin after Charles Whitman killed 14 people and wounded 31 others in August 1966? Nope.
It still stands although access is restricted to guided tours by appointment only. Those Texans are frugal people. Except for George W. Bush. They also haven't torn down the classroom building at Virgina Tech, site of the first collegiate massacre.
The Hound believes Cole Hall should stand and its name changed to Memorial Hall as a reminder of what our fellow human beings are capable of at any given moment. Some sort of sculpture should be constructed as a fitting monument to remember the dead and wounded. As for the monetary savings, let the Legislature decide and not Official A.