* Kurt Erickson says the Executive Mansion’s basement flooded…
Just a week after we reported the roof on the Governor’s Mansion was leaking into the third-floor bedrooms, we confirmed the basement was flooded.
Despite the mansion being an 1855-era historical treasure, Quinn has made no clear indication he wants to properly maintain the place.
Here’s one theory on why he won’t spend the money: After complaining last year about the $50 million spent to restore one wing of the Capitol, Quinn has painted himself into a corner when it comes to fixing the house he lives in during his occasional forays outside of Chicago.
But it’s not like the administration is against repairing roofs in general.
In May, state officials opened bids to repair the Howlett office building, located in between the Capitol and the Mansion. Taxpayers will pay about $400,000 for workers to repair the ornate ceiling.
Taxpayers also are on the hook for about $115,000 to replace roofs on buildings at Illinois Beach State Park.
And, bidding is underway for roofing work at Wayne Fitzgerell State Park in Southern Illinois. The work is expected to cost under $150,000.
Either raise the money from private sources or find some state money to fix the darned thing. Sheesh.