Diana Rauner discusses Governor's Mansion overhaul ahead of reopening to public

Diana Rauner discusses Governor's Mansion overhaul ahead of reopening to public

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois first lady Diana Rauner is hoping to put her mark on the restored Governor's Mansion in Springfield for years to come.

Speaking on WDWS' "News Hour" this week, Rauner talked about the three-year restoration of the 1855 mansion she oversaw that was recently completed. Funding for the $15 million overhaul was raised through private donations.

She and Gov. Bruce Rauner recently moved back in, and the building will again be open to public tours starting Saturday.

Diana Rauner said most of the building is public space as opposed to private living space for her and her husband, and she wants people to learn things about Illinois' history as they walk through.

Exhibits include art, Civil War artifacts, and of course, items involving Abraham Lincoln.

More information on tour is available at illinoismansion.org.

Listen to the full interview below:

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