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Illinois Governor's Mansion closing for more renovations

The Governor’s Mansion will be undergoing renovations that will close it to public tours until Nov. 23.

The mansion is expected to reopen in time for the holidays, according to an email from Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s press secretary, Jordan Abudayyeh. An open house for the community is planned for Dec. 7. Throughout the holiday season, the home will feature a 30-foot Christmas tree in the front yard.

Planned renovations include repairing tile on the first floor that had a defective finish, renovating guest bedrooms and bathrooms, and updating existing plumbing. All work will be done by union workers, and the governor and first lady will personally pay for the renovations.

The mansion had a $15 million renovation spearheaded by then-Gov. Bruce Rauner and First Lady Diana Rauner. The Pritzkers also contributed. The building – the third-oldest governor’s mansion still in use – had fallen into disrepair after decades of neglect and lack of upkeep.

Tours at the renovated mansion resumed in July 2018,and more than 29,000 visitors toured the mansion in the first year following renovations. New security rules were instituted Sept. 3, including requiring people to sign up in advance, provide photo ID proof of identity when they arrive, and be screened by metal detectors.

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