Illinois selling James R. Thompson Center in Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois says it’s officially placed the James R. Thompson Center that houses state government offices in downtown Chicago up for sale. Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Central Management Services took a step that has been in the works for years. Illinois officials have argued the 17-story building designed by celebrated architect Helmut Jahn is a drain on state finances because it’s inefficient to operate and in need of hundreds of millions of dollars in repairs. The expectation among officials is that the site will be of interest to developers looking to raze the building.