Illinois first lady to kick off Executive Mansion overhaul

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — 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 pay for the estimated $15 million project. She’s planned a Friday morning event to “break ground” on the project. Officials say it’s expected to reopen in time for the state’s 2018 bicentennial efforts.