Funding the Renovation

In February 2015, construction began to completely renovate the Illinois Governor’s Mansion, funded entirely with private dollars. While the renovation focused on structural repairs and construction updates, it was also an opportunity to focus on the visitor experience, truly making the Mansion the People’s House for Illinois residents. Complete with dedicated art spaces, expanded programming, full accessibility for visitors and a focus on Illinois’ rich history, the Illinois Governor’s Mansion is open seven days a week for visitors to learn from.

The Governor’s Mansion renovation project was completed without taxpayer dollars. The Illinois Governor’s Mansion Association set a goal to raise $15 million in private funds to complete the project.

The Board of Directors of the Association extends its sincere thanks to the donors, in-kind sponsors, and partners who made this project a reality. Their contributions to this project are truly unmatched, and their dedication to the Illinois Governor’s Mansion will make it a showcase for art, education, and history in Illinois and visitors around the world.

The below list of donors and sponsors will be updated regularly.




Bank of America

Kelly and Jeff Brincat

Neville and John Bryan

CBOE Global Market

The Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust

Andrew M. and Julia R. Faville

Joseph L. & Emily K. Gidwitz Memorial Foundation

Joseph P. Gromacki

Lori S. and James S. Montana

Nicor Gas

Reyes Holdings

Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan and Family

Reyes Holdings


Goldman Sachs

John Deere

Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas

J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation

COL (IL) Jennifer N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (Retired), TAWANI Foundation

State Farm


The Boeing Company

The Crown Family

$1,000,000 and Above

Abbott Fund

Archer Daniels Midland Company


CME Group


Rob and Cathy Funderburg

Hugh and Gail Funderburg

Alex and Patty Funderburg


Northern Trust

Diana M and Bruce V Rauner

In-Kind Sponsors


Evans Architect

Freeborn and Peters

Wen Fritsch

Henson Robinson

Hinsdale Embroidery Guild

Leslie Hindman

Crowe Horwath

Oscar Isberian


Kohler Co.

MacLean Collection

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew McNally IV

Newberry Library

Parma Conservation, Ltd.

Related Midwest

Res Publica


St. Louis Antique Lighting Company

Vinci Hamp Architects, Inc.