The proposed $100 million state expenditure for an Obama Presidential Library, should it locate in Chicago, has not come to debate in the Illinois House. But that did not stop one of the sponsors from making a speech on the House floor about it, wanting to clear up what she called “misinformation.” Some of the arguments against the money, which purportedly would come from a yet-to-be-crafted capital construction bill, are that these facilities are typically built with private donations and then operated by the federal National Archives.
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“Every presidential library has had some funds given by the state they are located in, be it land donations or startup funds,” said State Rep. Monique Davis (D-Chicago). “We funded $125 million for the Lincoln library and museum,” which are state-run. What's more, Davis says the North Dakota legislature last year gave $6 million to Dickinson State University for a Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library.