The Kid Zone
The Third Floor Rail
The House and Senate chambers
are located on the third floor. During session months the third
floor rotunda is the site of a good deal of activity, as lobbyists,
citizens and state agencies work to promote or defeat various measures
before the Legislature.
Grand Staircase Painting
This depiction of George Rogers Clark negotiating with Native
Americans at Fort Kaskaskia in 1778 is the largest painting in the Capitol and
is best viewed from the third floor. It was done by Gustav A. Fuchs,
a German immigrant from Chicago, and completed in 1886. The painting
measures 40 x 20 feet and has been criticized because the Indian culture
was never found in Illinois.
Room 309, currently occupied by the Senate Minority
Leader and members of his caucus and staff, has had an interesting
history. The room has housed the State Natural History Museum, State
Library, a legislative lounge (twice) and the Automobile Dept. of the
Secretary of State.
Below: Chandelier in
the center of the room
Remnants of Library era