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State to spend over $600,000 on repairs to Lincoln's tomb

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It will cost the state of Illinois over $600,000 to shape up the Abraham Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site in time for the 150th anniversary of our 16th president's death in 2015.

Governor Pat Quinn announced the approval of the spending on Wednesday. To allow for repairs, the site will be closed from December 1 through early March, however, the exterior will still be open to tourists.

The money will fund repairs to deteriorated and damaged finishes and the replacement of interior lighting. Quinn said keeping the tomb in its best condition is "vital" to accommodate the thousands who visit the site each year.

The tomb stand at 117 feet tall and was dedicated in 1874. President Lincoln, his wife Mary, and three of their four sons are buried at the site.

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