SPRINGFIELD, ILL. (KMOX) – Illinois first lady Diana Rauner is holding an event to kick off major renovations at the Illinois Executive Mansion in Springfield.

Rauner is board chair of a mansion association that is running a private fundraising campaign to cover the estimated $15 million project. About $14 million has been raised so far. Rauner has planned a morning event to “break ground” on the project.

State officials say construction is expected to last a year and it should reopen in time for the state’s 2018 bicentennial efforts.

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