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Illinois Executive Mansion Work to Follow Funding Rules

September 23, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – An agreement shows that a privately funded renovation of the Illinois Executive Mansion in Springfield will follow wage and bidding rules required of traditional taxpayer-funded construction projects.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register obtained the agreement between the state’s Capital Development Board and the non-profit Illinois Executive Mansion Association via an open records request.

Turning to the private sector for renovation of the 161-year-old mansion relies on a 2014 state law that allows the board to comply with the terms of “gifts” as long as the donated products and services cover a majority of project costs.

The mansion association is leading efforts to raise private money for an estimated $16 million renovation of the historic home. The group will select contractors and pay the construction bills.

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