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8 leaks in Springfield’s Executive Mansion roof

SPRINGFIELD – Workers have started patching eight leaks in the roof at the nearly 160-year-old Executive Mansion after Gov. Pat Quinn approved the emergency repairs.

The amount of money spent on the repairs won’t exceed $40,000 and will cover inspectors, patching damaged sections and repairing damage to interior rooms. That damage is to four rooms on the mansion’s third floor. Officials expect work to be done in a few weeks.

“It’s a careful balancing act of preserving the historic character of the building, keeping it available to the public and keeping it open for rentals, which support the operation of the building,” Quinn spokesman Dave Blanchette told The (Springfield) State Journal-Register for a Tuesday story.

Tarps cover the floor and furniture in the mansion’s Lincoln bedroom and plaster is visible with a bucket underneath to catch any falling debris, the newspaper reported.

State officials said the damage isn’t affecting public tours.

“The public, when they tour the mansion, won’t know there’s anything amiss,” Blanchette said.

Plans for a major rehabilitation of the mansion are on hold while more urgent financial issues are addressed, Blanchette said. That renovation would include brick work, trim repairs and a new elevator. Blanchette estimates those costs at a “couple million” dollars.

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