SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois governor's mansion is moving into a new phase as officials solicit volunteers to serve as greeters and docents when the mansion reopens this summer following a $15 million renovation.
The State Journal-Register reports that the Illinois Executive Mansion had fallen into disrepair after years of neglect. But with the financial support of the non-profit Illinois Executive Mansion Association, the "people's house" is almost ready to open once again to the public.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will oversee the mansion. The department says volunteers will play an important role in sharing the educational experience of the mansion with those who visit. Volunteer duties, include welcoming guests, providing tourism information and creating a hospitable environment.
Information from: The State Journal-Register, http://www.sj-r.com
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