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Former Madigan aide pays $1.1 million for Ravenswood Manor home

A former aide to Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan on March 25 paid the $1.1 million asking price for a four-bedroom, 3,700-square-foot craftsman-style house in the Ravenswood Manor neighborhood on the North Side.

Shaw Decremer, who formerly worked on Madigan's staff and today is a lobbyist who volunteers on Madigan's campaigns, and his wife, Jill, bought the recently renovated, two-story house, which was built in 1912 and sits on a 45-foot-wide lot.

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Features in the house, which has a 34-foot-wide interior, include four baths, coffered ceilings in the living and dining rooms, custom millwork, a 16-foot built-in fireplace wall with Ann Sacks tile, a finished basement with a full bath and a kitchen with a breakfast bar, a butler's bar, and dark walnut stained hardwood floors. Outside on the property are a large paver stone terrace and a pergola.

"It's a very special house," said Hilary O'Connor of Dream Town Realty, who along with her mother, Barbara O'Connor, represented the Decremers in the purchase. "I don't know of any other that matches it in Ravenswood Manor. It catches your eye."

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Hilary O'Connor said that the sellers had restored the home. Records show that the sellers paid $445,000 for it in 2000.

Decremer did not respond to a request for comment.

Bob Goldsborough is a freelance reporter.

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