SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Mansion roof to be fixed

Friday, Jul 31, 2015

* From a press release…

The Illinois Executive Mansion Association has sent a letter of intent to local contractor Henson Robinson Company to restore the building’s ailing roof. The winning bid came in at an economical $492,934 for the project. To support the growing campaign to restore the People’s House, Henson Robinson Company is also including a generous in-kind donation in their proposal.

“It is crucial that we begin this work soon to stop further decay to the mansion that is caused by the damaged roof. We are very excited to be working with the Henson Robinson Company, as they have been serving Springfield for over 150 years through six generations,” said Jeff Evans, owner of a Springfield architectural and construction management firm who is volunteering his time and services to the project. “They have worked on some of the most important and historical buildings in Illinois and we appreciate their dedication to restoring the People’s House at a cost-effective rate.”

The Henson Robinson Company was first founded Springfield in 1861 and provided Civil War soldiers with various appliances and tools. Since then, the company transformed into an employee-owned contractor specializing in heating, ventilation, air conditioning, roofing, plumbing and other systems. Their top historical and landmark projects include the restoration of the Illinois Capitol building’s dome in the 1960s, repair work to Lincoln’s Tomb and the 2014 installation of air conditioning in Abraham Lincoln’s Illinois home.

“We are all honored by the opportunity to participate in another historical Illinois landmark. This project, like so many before it, continues our legacy of providing quality construction services on so many of Springfield’s most recognizable buildings,” said Dan Hoselton, President, Henson Robinson Company. “Our team of construction professionals is already at work perfecting our plan to execute the work safely, on time and in budget.”

The Illinois Executive Mansion is the third-oldest state governor’s residence in the United States and the oldest gubernatorial residence in the Midwest. Since the 1971-1972 renovation, only emergency repairs and maintenance work has been performed on the building and mechanical systems.

The repairs will be supported solely through private funds raised by the Illinois Executive Mansion Association.

According to the association, prevailing wages will be paid on this project.

And, by the way, good on Henson Robinson Company for donating some of the costs. That shows real local pride.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


28 Comments
  1. - Stones - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 10:29 am:

    Good to hear. Long overdue.


  2. - Oshawott - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 10:37 am:

    Just about the difference between the two proposed budgets.
    “Honey, didn’t we have some tarps lying around somewhere?”


  3. - @MisterJayEm - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 10:42 am:

    “The Henson Robinson Company was first founded Springfield in 1861 and provided Civil War soldiers with various appliances and tools.”

    Free advice: Make it very, very clear which side of the Civil War you were outfitting.

    Of course, unless…

    – MrJM


  4. - A guy - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 10:46 am:

    This is a really wonderful story on a Friday. Good on the company is right! Good show.


  5. - Fan - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 10:46 am:

    Is Henson a union company?


  6. - the Other Anonymous - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 10:47 am:

    Glad this is happening. At least one positive development from Springfield.

    The mansion needs more than just this, but this is a great start. And good on the contractor for donating some costs.


  7. - Liberty - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 10:50 am:

    Henson is a union company.


  8. - sal-says - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 10:57 am:

    == …local pride. ==

    And, a company I’d choose to do business with.


  9. - Man with a plan - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 11:04 am:

    Good for Dave over at the mansion. He busts his tail to stretch a dollar and get things done. Nice win for him.


  10. - Wordslinger - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 11:11 am:

    What “appliances” did they supply to Civil War soldiers? Tools, I get, but appliances?


  11. - Wordslinger - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 11:12 am:

    Glad to hear that the winning bid at prevailing wage is viewed as “economical.”


  12. - Rich Miller - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 11:12 am:

    Dave left the mansion.


  13. - Just Me - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 11:21 am:

    Finally some good news in state government.


  14. - Will - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 11:22 am:

    Well, I guess that’s a diplomatic way to put it, Rich…


  15. - Norseman - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 11:37 am:

    === What “appliances” did they supply to Civil War soldiers? Tools, I get, but appliances? ===

    Kegerators. You don’t think those fellows would line up in rows to get shot at without being a little liquored up do you.

    P.S. Kudos for the repair.


  16. - better days - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 11:38 am:

    hats off to Henson.. well done


  17. - 36th Warder - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 11:50 am:

    Finally. Good job Henson!


  18. - Formerly Known As... - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 11:58 am:

    Kudos to Henson and Rauner. Kegerators ftw!


  19. - Former Merit Comp Slave - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 12:01 pm:

    Worked with Henson on several state projects….they are a class act and do great work. Kudos to them and the Exec Mansion Assoc.


  20. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 12:13 pm:

    Great story all the way around from the contractor, the wages, the cost, the donations, a great story.

    All should be commended. All.


  21. - Working class voter - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 12:27 pm:

    So let me get this straight. Rauner takes the project away from CDB to avoid state construction laws like responsible bidding requirements and prevailing wages. Then a reputable union contractor who pledges to pay prevailing wage on the work submits the low bid and wins? Amazing! Rauner always swears that eliminating prevailing wage will reduce the cost of a public works construction project by 20% (patently false and mathematically impossible BTW). I would love to see all the bids that were submitted. I’ll bet a dollar that some nonunion, non-prevailing wage contractors submitted bids higher than Henson Robinson’s. Are the bids FOIAable?


  22. - Emanuel Can't - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 12:35 pm:

    Working class, every bid was prevailing wage. State law required it.


  23. - lil' enchililada - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 12:51 pm:

    Dave was the best and will be sorely missed.


  24. - A guy - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 1:19 pm:

    ===What “appliances” did they supply to Civil War soldiers? Tools, I get, but appliances?===

    Polyester gins. Cotton was suddenly out. ;)


  25. - Arthur Andersen - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 1:54 pm:

    We should also tip our hats to Jeff Evans and his company for donating the architectural and engineering work for this project.


  26. - Hyperbolic Chamber - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 2:20 pm:

    @Emmanuel Can’t: state Prevailing Wage is unclear on projects funded by foundations similar to the Mansion’s. While, arguably, a foundation-funded project at a state facility should be covered by the PWA, initial rulings on coverage would be made by IDOL followed by the courts, if necessary.


  27. - DuPage - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 4:06 pm:

    Obviously, the non-union companies were not up to the task.


  28. - Anon221 - Friday, Jul 31, 15 @ 4:43 pm:

    All joking aside on the “appliances”-

    http://m.sj-r.com/article/20140329/News/140329340

    Your Friday joking may now resume…


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* AFSCME to announce strike authorization vote results tomorrow morning
* HGOPs fight back against Dem messaging on Rauner budget
* The appearance of access
* Today's number: $12,401,195,168.60
* It's just a bill
* Question of the day
* STI death rates on the rise here, but we're way down the list
* Local reaction to new immigration order
* *** LIVE *** House session coverage
* Is a sales tax on food really regressive?
* *** UPDATED x1 *** 14 of 16 CPS Latino Advisory Committee members resign in protest
* Not surprisingly, local governments hate permanent property tax freeze idea
* *** UPDATED x1 *** SIU's Dunn: "We need to acknowledge that FY16 is now lost"
* Mystery solved on Rauner's whereabouts
* Would term limits make much of a difference?
* Study looks at how race of prez delegates may influence GOP primary voters here
* Kennedy fundraises off of proposed budget cuts
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............
<


Loading


* Senate urged to leave state’s PE requirements a.....
* Lake Ellyn improvements moving ahead thanks to .....
* Rauner pledges to stay course during Normal tri.....
* Budget Impasse Could Hit Student Workers..
* AFSCME to announce strike authorization vote re.....
* Kadner: New education head in Illinois defends .....
* Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers i.....
* Letters: Profiteering drives up workers' comp c.....
* Governor brings call for business-friendly budg.....


* Not-for-profit owner pleads guilty to bankruptcy fraud
* Republicans who won after rowdy town halls now avoiding them
* Immigrants change up their routines, brace for arrest
* Experts: Science behind 'abortion reversal' is flawed
* Immigrants change up their routines, brace for arrest
* Illinois education board vote settles 2008 funding lawsuit
* Hoopeston dealer gets life for cocaine and meth distribution
* Central Illinois woman gets 3-year term for baby's death
* Principals to bar immigration agents from Chicago schools
* Rockford man going back to prison after murder acquittal

* Senate urged to leave state's PE requirements alone
* AFSCME will announce results of strike-authorization vote Thursday
* Luciano: State lawmakers fiddling while Illinois burns
* Illinois education board vote settles 2008 funding lawsuit
* Municipal League opposed to permanent property tax freeze
* Illinois State University seeks public input on its future
* AFSCME strike authorization vote outcome to be revealed this week
* Cheri Bustos won't run for Illinois governor
* Illinois bill would rein in pro athletes' worker comp claims
* GOP criticizes Illinois comptroller for buying used $32K SUV

* Many Fed officials see rate hike 'fairly soon'
* Is Warren Buffett going to buy an airline? ​
* Is Warren Buffett going to buy an airline? ​


* ‘Monster’ ex-USA Gymnastics doctor charged with sex assault
* Mitchell: Ald. Carrie Austin’s voice needed on gun violence
* CPS students take to the ‘Hamilton’ stage
* 66-year-old man reported missing from Glendale Heights
* Eloy Jimenez to Cubs young core: There’s more core on the way
* Jordan Peele relies on Chicago lessons in directing horror film
* Man shot to death in Maywood
* I-57 lanes closed in south suburbs for shooting investigation
* Dead Writers Collective closes after harassment allegations
* Letters: Profiteering drives up workers’ comp costs


* Republicans who won after rowdy town halls are now avoiding them
* Bears hire Zach Azzanni as receivers coach, complete coaching staff
* Many Dakota pipeline protesters leave as remnants of camp go up in flames
* Emanuel's changed plan for tax rebate money avoids further resistance
* Shots fired on I-57 near Calumet Park, no one hurt
* Man accused of killing mother '99 percent' certain he'll testify at trial
* Woman finds husband of 40 years fatally shot in garage: 'He did no harm to anybody'
* Blackhawks tie franchise record with 7th consecutive road victory
* Rick Renteria opens up on losing Cubs job to Joe Maddon
* Skokie trustees take action in support of immigrant rights


» City Council Delays Vote On Street Performing Ordinance
» Retired Generals Oppose Grand Bargain's Lower Phys Ed Standards
» Emanuel Reworks Plan For $15M Tax Rebate Money
» Immigrants Change Up Their Routines, Brace For Arrest
» Illinois Budget Impasse Jeopardizes Hundreds Of Student Jobs At Northeastern Illinois University
» State Board Of Education To Adjust How It Distributes Money
» New Immigration Enforcement Policies Worry Some Chicago Attorneys
» Top Cop Defends His Promotion Of Commander With 90 Complaints
» Mayor, Top Cop Defend Promotion Of Commander With 90 Complaints
» How CPS’ Lawsuit Against Rauner Could Play Out


* Senate urged to leave state's PE requirements alone
* AFSCME will announce results of strike-authorization vote Thursday
* Luciano: State lawmakers fiddling while Illinois burns
* Illinois education board vote settles 2008 funding lawsuit
* Municipal League opposed to permanent property tax freeze
* E.J. Dionne: The death of a hero
* Michael Gerson: America’s sacred fire must not be doused
* Esther J. Cepeda: Betsy DeVos may be the least of public education’s worries
* Their View: Editorial: Remembering Bob Michel
* Illinois State University seeks public input on its future


* Cocaine offense puts Alton man in jail for more than a decade
* O'Fallon District 90 board casts final vote on boundaries issue
* Texas man pleads to trying to distribute cocaine in Southern Illinois
* Godfrey’s Crystal Stevens’ healthy lifestyles book hits shelves
* O’Fallon 90 School Board opts for ‘Plan D’ to accommodate growth
* PODCAST: Elizabeth Hess goes to Springfield
* Godfrey Women’s Club sponsors Godfrey candidate forum March 9
* East Alton murderer Corey Fox found fit to stand trial by judge
* Where can you find great margaritas in the metro-east?
* Godfrey preparing for final phase of Stamper Lane project


* Lake County Board chairman chooses diversity event to reveal he's gay
* District 87, teachers OK 3-year contract extension
* Grayslake North's Connolly earns MVP acclaim
* Kaneland's Martens earns MVP acclaim
* IN Current Conditions

* Majority of IL Congressional Delegation Op...
* Group upset with Trump wants Town Hall mee...
* Voters Shame Cowardly Reps with Town Halls...
* US Representative Randy Hultgren visits ne...
* Hultgren to participate in veterans forum ...
* Hultgren criticizes immigration ban, Roska...
* Hultgren guides STEM scholars through pres...
* US Congressman tours new Aurora Specialty ...
* Hultgren will be at veterans' forum March ...
* Rep. Hultgren visits Aurora Textiles plant...

* Two US Lawmakers Back Lethal Weapons For U......
* Medical, dental schools encouraged to impl......

* Illinois Senators vocally oppose Trump on ......

* Federal investigation shows Pakistani bros secretly took $100k from Iraqi source
* Hinz: Chicago's leaders are to blame for Seaway Bank's failure
* Forty-fives go mobile on the gig poster of the week
* The OnEdge experimental performance series questions traditional theatrical norms
* Retired military leaders express concern over effort to lower Illinois PE requirements
* Basketball Thursday Night - Cops And Community
* New Trier race seminar to continue as planned, school board prez says
* Basketball Wednesday Night - Cops And Community
* CPS sues Illinois over ‘unequal’ and ‘separate’ school funding, and other Chicago news
* Buzzfeed media editor Craig Silverman on the impact of fake news, what’s next for it, and what, exactly, it even is


* Governor Addresses State Board of Education to Emphasize Importance of Strong Accountability Standards
* Stars and Legends to Perform at 2017 Illinois State Fair - First Round of Grandstand Headliners Announced for Springfield Fair
* Earthquake Education Kiosk Unveiled at University Mall in Carbondale - IEMA, Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium project will help southern Illinois residents reduce damage, injuries from earthquakes
* Governor Takes Bill Action
* 2017 Budget Address

  
* [Deal] T-Mobile is running an unbelievable sale on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, LG V20
* Evan Blass shows Verizon’s Moto G5 Plus launching soon
* Packing photos and videos into one Instagram post is now possible
* Apple SIM Partner AlwaysOnline Wireless Drops Data Prices for UK Users
* This is the best look yet at the LG G6 from all angles
* The LG G6 has a hidden face, and it’s impossible to unsee
* Wattpad debuts Tap, an app for reading chat-style short stories

* Holland brings loose, fun personality to White Sox clubhouse
* Frazier to miss several days of camp with sore side
* Geo Soto, Gio Soto share bond beyond name
* Giolito feels work from offseason paying off early in camp
* White Sox earn praise for reshaping club
* Giolito feels work from offseason paying off early in camp
* White Sox content with group of catchers entering 2017


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress




Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller