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Mansion as Metaphor

The crumbling Illinois Governor's Mansion stands (barely) as a potent symbol of the state's finances and infrastructure, with rainwater leaking into the Lincoln bedroom. According to the Tribune, successive administrations including Quinn's have let the 1855 structure sink into a state of disrepair. Rauner has pledged to raise private funds for a massive renovation, which may cost upwards of $9 million. [Chicago Tribune]