When Gov. Bruce Rauner says the inside of the Executive Mansion reminds him of his college frat house of the 1970's, he is not far off.
“There are sections of it that are bad; that's correct,” says Springfield's Jeff Evans, a retired architect donating his services to the Illinois Executive Mansion Association. “Not all of it, though. The public portion and the historical section are in pretty good shape.”
Pretty good shape, considering only emergency maintenance has been done since 1970.
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The multi-million dollar project, reported earlier as about $8 million worth but which Evans, serving as “owner's representative” or project manager, would not confirm, is privately funded. Evans helped the Rauner administration and the IMEA show off the new roof that's just been completed.
Evans says Gov. and Mrs. Rauner have been living in the mansion even through the construction – so far. There is much more to go; years more, he says.