Governor and Wife will Stay Elsewhere While Renovations Happen to Executive Mansion

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Springfield- The Governor’s Office announced today the Illinois Executive Mansion will close to the public in January 2017 for renovations. Governor Rauner and his wife will stay elsewhere. 

“The People’s House will undergo an extensive transformation over the next year,” First Lady Diana Rauner said. “In order to properly preserve the building as quickly and efficiently as possible, we will close the building to the public during the renovations. When it reopens, the Illinois Executive Mansion will feature art exhibits that showcase Illinois artists and an educational visitor’s center for school groups, along with some much needed updating.”

While the building will be closed for tours, the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency will be starting a walking tour of the grounds surrounding the Illinois Executive Mansion to explain the renovation and keep visitors updated on the progress.

“The Executive Mansion was neglected for years and left in disrepair. The renovations will restore the building to ensure our future generations can enjoy and learn from its rich history,” Governor Rauner said. “Anyone who has done home renovations knows it’s never easy, but by doing a short-term closure, we hope to minimize disruption to the public for the long term.”

Governor Rauner, the First Lady and their dog, Stella, will move out of the mansion during the renovation. They will move to the Agriculture Director’s House on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. 

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