* Roof repairs on the Executive Mansion would be hugely expensive and therefore potentially politically embarrassing for the governor, especially since he whacked legislators so hard for their expensive Statehouse remodeling program several months ago. So, repairs will be deferred into the future…
The Executive Mansion roof is leaking so badly that the third floor has been closed to the public and furniture from two historic bedrooms has been moved to storage to keep it safe from water damage.
However, officials in Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration say there are no plans at this time to repair the leaks, even though they acknowledge there has been some damage to ceilings and walls.
“The maintenance will be deferred for the present time,” Quinn spokesman Dave Blanchette said. “It is not an ideal situation.”
Mansion curator Dave Bourland blamed the leaks on the harsh winter and the mansion roof that is 44 years old. […]
“The water’s coming through the ceiling,” Bourland said. “So there’s plaster falling down. That’s why I’ve got some plastic on the floor and some buckets there. It’s one of those things that came upon us pretty quick.”