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Restoration moving forward on Alma Mater

URBANA -- University of Illinois leaders are answering questions about the beloved statue that's been missing from campus.
URBANA -- University of Illinois leaders are answering questions about the beloved statue that's been missing from campus. People came to talk about progress on the Alma Mater at a forum on Friday afternoon.

The statue was taken to Chicago to be restored last summer. When workers saw what was inside, they realized less than 20% of its bolts were holding it together. Now they're taking it apart and cleaning it with a laser.

"It needs to be safe and it needs to be in great condition," said University of Illinois Spurlock Museum Collections Manager Christa Deacy-Quinn. "This is the symbol of our university. This is one of our most important pieces. We need to take really good care of it."

Workers are using special silicon and bronze bolts to put Alma back together. They started work on the back of the statue and are working their way to the front. The price tag on this project is about $360,000, which is coming from private donations. She's expected to be back for commencement in April.
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