A proposed ordinance to the Chicago City Council would allow for some land to be used for a possible presidential library, but one state lawmaker says no public money should be used. The ordinance from Mayor Rahm Emanuel would allow President Obama’s library to be built on some land if the Library Foundation chooses the University of Chicago.
However, Republican State Representative Bill Mitchell says no taxpayer funds should go to the Presidential Library. Mitchell highlights the mounting budget shortfall for Illinois in the billions and says private funds should be used to build the library. Mitchell even went as far to tout the president’s fundraising skills as a need to keep tax dollars away from the project. A recent effort for Illinois to spend one-hundred million on the library was floated in the General Assembly last year. Officials in New York and Hawaii are also competing for the right to host the library.