Urbana, Ill. (AP) -- The
University of Illinois
has announced it will have to wait longer than expected to welcome home one of
its icons. And it will be more expensive than planned to get it back.
University officials said Monday the Alma
Mater statue needs more restoration work than originally thought and won't be
back by May as initially planned.
Instead, the 83-year-old bronze statue of
a robed woman flanked by figures celebrating "Learning" and
"Labor" is now expected to return sometime during the 2014 school
The price tag rose from about $100,000 to
$360,000. The school says alumni donations are paying for the work.
The 5-ton statue by artist Lorado Taft
has long stood at Wright and Green streets on campus. The statue was removed
for repairs in August 2012.
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