- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 2, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The house Gov. Bruce Rauner and his wife are planning to move into during renovations of the Illinois Executive Mansion is just a bit larger than the carriage house at the governor’s current home.

The Rauners plan to relocate to the Director’s House at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in January as an estimated $15 million mansion restoration project begins, The State Journal-Register (https://bit.ly/2f1MyZ9 ) reported.

Illinois Department of Agriculture specifications say the single-story, U-shaped Director’s House is 3,950 square feet with a walk-out basement. The Executive Mansion’s attached Carriage House is 3,848 square feet.

The fairgrounds residence has four bedrooms and two bathrooms. In contrast, the Executive Mansion is 45,120 square feet on three levels.

The Executive Mansion has been the governor’s residence since 1855 and the Director’s House was created in 1945.

“It is believed the Director’s House was built at a time when the fair was rebounding from World War II,” department spokeswoman Rebecca Clark said in an email.

The fairgrounds residence and the governor’s residence both are gated for security.


Information from: The State Journal-Register, https://www.sj-r.com

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