- Associated Press - Saturday, May 16, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Work to restore Illinois’ 160-year-old governor’s mansion could begin this summer.

WLS-TV reports (https://abc7.ws/1cGwhGH ) the non-profit board that cares for the mansion is launching a fundraising campaign next week.

The home near the state Capitol in Springfield has fallen into disrepair, with a leaking roof and peeling paint. The basement flooded and the elevator no longer functions.

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.

Gov. Bruce Rauner - who lives in the mansion when he’s in Springfield - has said the renovation will be paid for with private funds.

Executive Mansion Board member Lori Montana says the board already is receiving “significant” pledges. She hopes the renovation will begin this summer.

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