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Speaker Madigan Introduces Plan for Obama Library, Museum

Speaker Madigan Introduces Plan for Obama Library, Museum

Photo: Associated Press, Newsradio WTAX

The Illinois’ House Speaker and Democratic party chair is introducing legislation that would fund the building of a presidential library honoring President Barack Obama.

Michael Madigan announced the plan Tuesday afternoon that’s co-sponsored by Chicago Democratic Rep. Monique Davis. It would devote $100 million in state capital funding for the construction of the library and museum, beginning in July.

Madigan says it’s important that Illinois makes a strong financial commitment to honor Obama, the first black president and a former state senator.

According to the National Archives, the president selects the location of his presidential library. Proposals are submitted by interested locations.

The competition to host the presidential library has already set off infighting in Chicago.

No fewer than six potential Chicago bids have emerged, each backed by different interests.

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