Illinois Governor’s Mansion: See What it Looks Like After Renovations

The Illinois Governor's Mansion, which has undergone a massive, multimillion-dollar renovation over the past two years - will soon reopen to the public. We've got an exclusive look inside.

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The Illinois Governor's Mansion, which has undergone a massive, multimillion-dollar renovation over the past two years - will soon reopen to the public. We've got an exclusive look inside.
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The view from the balcony.
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Period bedroom suites on the second floor will highlight the Civil War Period of the 1860’s and the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893.
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On the wall of the education center, which is the first thing children see when they enter the building, are the words of former Gov. Adlai Stevenson, chosen by the first lady.
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The private residence previously lacked one important element: a kitchen.
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"There was a little bar sink that was about, you know - you couldn't even put a cereal bowl in it, it was so small, and a microwave and a small refrigerator," Diana Rauner said. "And that was it in the private residence."
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All appliances were donated and the full cost of the renovation - $15 million in total - was raised privately, including a million dollars from the Rauners and the governor's Democratic opponent J.B. Pritzker.
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"This used to be another bedroom," Diana Rauner added. "This private space is big and it was empty, so we were able to carve out space for a kitchen and family room."
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"This is our living room, we are still moving in," the first lady said of the home's now bright and airy room to relax and unwind, still a work in progress.
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"This is the furniture we bought in 2015, but we haven’t sort of moved back in," she elaborated. The Rauners, who personally own nine homes across the country, relocated from the Governor's Mansion to the Illinois State Fairgrounds during construction.
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This is a dog bed for the Rauners' beloved dog Stella.
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"The dumbwaiter goes down to the kitchen downstairs," Diana Rauner said. "That's basically how other governors would be fed. They would just - everything would come up and down the dumbwaiter and they would just bring it up here. The dumbwaiter works, it's just a strange way to live."
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