Chicago takes pole position in race for Obama library, no tax dollars required

By Jane McEnaney
On Sept. 15, the Barack Obama Foundation announced four semifinalists in the battle to build Barack Obama’s presidential library and museum. The four potential host sites include the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University in New York City and the University of Hawaii. Holding two of the four slots, the...

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Illinois House Committee wants taxpayers to pay $100 million for Obama library

By Jane McEnaney
An Illinois House Committee wants taxpayers to pay $100 million for a Barack Obama library. Somehow, House Speaker Michael Madigan thinks this is an appropriate use of funds despite the state’s more than $100 billion pension crisis and $6.6 billion in unpaid bills. Madigan told the Chicago Tribune he will use “skills that I’ve developed in the legislature...

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Madigan bill would appropriate $100M for Obama library

By Jane McEnaney
House Speaker Michael Madigan just introduced a bill to the Illinois General Assembly that appropriates $100 million to build a presidential library and museum “dedicated to the legacy of President Barack Obama.” Illinois is sitting on $7.6 billion in unpaid bills. The state’s credit rating has been downgraded five times since the largest tax hike...

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