Fundraising Campaign to Restore the Governor's Mansion

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) --  Illinois' 160-year-old governor's mansion will soon get a facelift.

The Associated Press is reporting work to restore the mansion could begin this summer.

Governor Bruce Rauner has said the renovation will be paid for with private funds. According to WLS-TV, fundraising drive will be launched next week by the board that cares for the mansion. Executive Mansion Board member Lori Montana says the board is already receiving pledges.

Initial estimates put the cost to repair the property at $9 million, though the exact price tag won't be known for a few more weeks.
According to documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, the mansion underwent $3,000,000 in repairs last summer.

There is still much work to be done.

Repairing woodwork and replacing an outdated elevator are among the projects that are yet to be completed (

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