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Obama library bids submitted: UIC pitches two-site plan

“It’s down to Chicago versus New York strongly competing for the  entire Barack Obama presidential library and museum with Hawaii hedging its bet and also pitching  a presidential center as four schools submitted bids on Thursday. The University of Hawaii, the University of Illinois/Chicago, the University of Chicago and Columbia University in New York presented proposals to the Chicago-headquartered Barack Obama Foundation.” (via Sun Times)

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U. of C. sees tough competition from New York for Obama library

“The official heading up the University of Chicago bid to host the Barack Obama presidential library said Wednesday that the biggest threat to bringing the facility to Chicago’s South Side comes from New York. While there is serious competition from the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Hawaii, Susan Sher, senior adviser to university President Robert Zimmer, said she considers the U. of C.’s strongest competitor to be Columbia University, which is seeking to build the library on its Manhattanville campus in New York City’s West Harlem community.” (via Chicago Tribune)

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Friends of the Parks against using park land for Obama library

“The Friends of the Parks, champions of preserving Chicago’s open lands, wants the Obama Presidential Library and Museum in Chicago – but is  against the University of Chicago proposals, to be submitted on Thursday, to locate it on park lands. “We do not believe the parks are the University of Chicago’s to offer up to the library,” Friends president Cassandra Francis told me on Tuesday. “There needs to be a lot more discussion, given the controversial issue of building in a park,” Francis said.” (via Sun Times)

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CHICAGO, NY, HAWAII COMPETE TO HOST OBAMA LIBRARY

“Three U.S. cities that President Barack Obama once called home are trying to outdo one another as the competition to host his future presidential library comes to a close. Next week, a handful of Obama’s oldest friends and associates will start judging proposals from two universities in Chicago and one each in New York and Honolulu, and by the end of March, Obama and the first lady will announce the winner. Knowing the future library will be a prominent tourist attraction and historical site, each community is offering Obama prime real estate, financial backing and grand visions for what his library could look like.” (via The Associated Press)

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UChicago, UHawaii may partner for library

“As the deadline for submitting a proposal for the Barack Obama presidential library approaches, the University of Chicago is exploring a partnership with the University of Hawaii (UH). Four universities, including UChicago and UH, were selected as finalists from a group of 13 proposed sites on September 15 by the Barack Obama Presidential Foundation and asked to submit a request for proposal (RFP) to bring the library to their campus. The RFP is due December 11, and a final decision will be made in early 2015.” (via Chicago Maroon)

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Chicagoans Divided on Using Tax Money to Attract Obama Library

“As President Barack Obama’s foundation reviews locations for his library and museum — Chicago is the unofficial frontrunner. But voters in his adopted hometown are divided over whether to use taxpayer dollars to help the Windy City secure and build the future tourist trap. The Chicago Tribune polled Chicagoans on the issue and found reactions split nearly down the middle, with 47 supporting the idea, 45 percent against it and 8 percent undecided. The divide was greater among black poll-takers (61 percent of whom were in favor) and whites surveyed (60 percent were in opposition). Younger voters were more supportive than older voters. Men broke even, 48-48, and women supported the tax question, 47-43.” (via NBC Chicago)

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Controversy erupts over $100 mil. for Obama library

“A move by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan to muscle through a measure to appropriate $100 million from the cash-strapped state to help finance the construction of President Barack Obama’s presidential library and museum in Chicago is erupting into a controversy. The backlash is strong enough that a committee vote Madigan engineered last Thursday in Chicago to advance the $100 million plan to the House floor now will be retaken in Springfield on April 30.” (via Chicago Sun-Times)

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Foundation unveils vision for future Obama library

“Want your city, university or nonprofit group to be chosen to host President Barack Obama’s presidential library? Now’s the time to get started. The foundation that will develop and choose the site for Obama’s future library asked interested parties Thursday to submit their initial proposals. The ‘‘request for qualifications’’ offers the most detailed look to date at what the president and first lady Michelle Obama are seeking for what will be the permanent monument to their White House legacy.” (via AP)

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Obama’s Presidential Library Belongs in the Cloud

“Today’s patriotic controversy, appropriately enough given the holiday, concerns presidential libraries. Specifically, the location for the one that will be built for Barack Obama once he leaves office. Late last month, a foundation was created to oversee the whole enterprise; the hope is to select a home for the library by early 2015. “Our mission is to build a library that tells President Obama’s remarkable story in an interactive way that will inspire future generations to become involved in public service,” says Marty Nesbitt, an Obama pal and one of the appointed site diviners.” (via Bloomberg)

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RIVAL CHICAGO GROUPS CLASH OVER OBAMA LIBRARY BID

“Barack Obama’s journey from community organizer to lawmaker to president was also a journey through several different Chicagos, from the city’s isolated and neglected Far South Side to its elite centers of political and social power. So it’s perhaps no surprise that the contest to host his presidential library has set off some classic Chicago infighting between activists in depressed neighborhoods and wealthy universities.” (via The Associated Press)

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