Two Chicago universities are among the four final bids for a future Obama presidential library. The University of Illinois at Chicago has suggested three sites: two close to its campus, and one located on city-owned land in the neighborhood of North Lawndale. Alfred Tatum, dean of UIC’s college of education, favors that site, saying it would help revitalize the area and inspire the youth living here.
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“The UIC/North Lawndale presidential bid is not about telling the president’s and first lady’s story, but it is about you creating and telling your own stories,” Tatum said. Thursday was the last day for the schools to submit their final pitches. UIC is contending with bids from the University of Chicago, where Obama was a law instructor, and his alma mater, New York’s Columbia University, as well as a submission from the University of Hawaii. A final decision on where the library will be built is expected early next year.