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Emanuel wants single Chicago bid for Obama library

Published: Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 10:02 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he wants the city to submit a unified bid for President Barack Obama's presidential library.

Emanuel, who is Obama's former chief of staff, told the Chicago Sun-Times he hopes there's a single proposal from the city.

The University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago State University, and the University of Chicago have all expressed interest in being home to the library. So has a group from Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood that's promoting a lakefront site at a now-closed hospital.

Emanuel tells the newspaper he doesn't have a site preference, but says he expects to make a "competitive" pitch to Obama for a Chicago location.

The University of Hawaii is vying for the site and the newspaper reports Columbia University in New York is also interested.

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