From our Archives: In December, 2011, we visited the Governor’s mansion to see how it was decorated by staff and volunteers. The Illinois Governor’s mansion is now undergoing massive renovations both inside and outside, and therefore is not decorated for the Christmas season. During this time, the Governor and Mrs Rauner are not living in the mansion.
So to see what a beautiful home it is, and what it looks like when it is decorated for Christmas, we offer this tour from Christmas 2011.
The Governor’s mansion in Springfield is the largest of all the governor’s mansions in the nation. When we visited in 2011, our host was David Bourland, then Curator of the mansion.
Perhaps by next year, the renovations will be completed, and the mansion will be ready for whomever is sworn-in as the next governor in January, 2019.