U.S. Sen. Mark S. Kirk (R-Ill.) is adding his voice to the Republican opposition to using state funds on building the Obama presidential library. Kirk believes it’s likely that the library will end up being built in Chicago without using public money, which he says the state can’t afford to contribute. “Actually $100 million in a state as heavily indebted as Illinois sounds, it’s needlessly frivolous,” Kirk said. “I would worry about a further credit downgrade for Illinois if we started spending money in this way.”
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New York and Hawaii are also planning on bidding for the library. The funding plan proposed by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) passed in committee, but that vote will be taken again when the General Assembly returns to Springfield due to Republican objections over procedure.