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Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 12:01 am

LOVIN’ LINCOLN

 it’s nice to give something back to him once in a while, even if it does further our own purposes. Gov. Pat Quinn announced last week that the inside of Lincoln’s tomb will get a makeover starting Dec. 1, to the tune of $633,000. Thanks to Lincoln, Springfield’s Oak Ridge Cemetery is the second most visited cemetery in the nation behind Arlington National Cemetery. Quinn said the project was especially important in light of the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s death coming in 2015. “It’s vital that we keep the tomb in top condition to accommodate the hundreds of thousands of people who visit the 16th president’s final resting place each year,” he said. The project will rejuvenate the decorative plaster moldings, stippled painting, granite wall panels and brass plaques which have been damaged by time and countless visitors. Workers will also install new lights inside the tomb. Because the project is expected to last until March, the inside of the tomb will be closed to visitors during that time, but the outside will remain open. R.D. Lawrence Construction Company and B&B Electric, both of Springfield, are handling the work.

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