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Emanuel urges Illinois to OK $100M for Obama museum

Published: Thursday, April 17, 2014 10:41 a.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014 11:50 p.m. CST
(M. Spencer Green)
FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2013 file photo, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks at a news conference in Chicago. Late Monday, March 31, 2014, Emanuel proposed to raise property taxes while increasing the amount of money city workers contribute to their retirement as a way to cut about half of the city's pension debt. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

CHICAGO – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is urging Illinois lawmakers to devote $100 million in state funds to help bring President Barack Obama's presidential museum and library to the city.

Emanuel spoke Thursday before the Illinois House's Executive Committee.

He says the money would make Chicago's bid for the library more competitive and that the investment would return dividends "well beyond" $100 million.

Emanuel also says the funding would be a fitting way to welcome Obama back to his hometown after his term is up.

Several sites — most on Chicago's South Side — want to become home to the library and museum. Hawaii and New York also are vying for it.

The $100 million for construction costs would be part of a new capital construction plan, which the Legislature must approve.

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