State officials want to use 100-million-dollars in state capital funds in order to secure its second presidential library and museum. They're looking to win President Obama over so he'll choose Chicago to house the library named in his honor. He's already formed a committee to help him choose a destination.
Right now, the University of Chicago wants it, and so does UIC, Chicago State, New York's Columbia University, and the University of Hawaii. House Speaker Michael Madigan says putting the library in Chicago is the right thing to do because that's where President Obama got his start in public service.
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