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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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“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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Bidding Starts Early For Site Of Obama’s Future Library

“President Obama doesn’t leave office until January of 2017, but already the competition has begun for the right to host his presidential library and museum. A new foundation has been set up to raise money and to begin the site selection process, and there are already bids in the works from Chicago, Honolulu and elsewhere.” (via NPR)

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Chicago to make one unified bid for Obama presidential library

“Chicago is going to make one unified bid for President Barack Obama’s Presidential Library and Museum, with the University of Chicago and other city schools not making solo plays, Mayor Rahm Emanuel told me Thursday. “We are going to run a process. But my goal is to have the City of Chicago, with its major educational institutions, have a single proposal,” Emanuel said.” (via Chicago Sun-Times)

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Columbia University pursuing Obama presidential library: Sweet

“New York’s Columbia University admitted Thursday it is pursuing President Barack Obama’s presidential library and museum, finally coming clean after not being upfront about its interest in November. While it is premature to comment on a library selection process that has yet to be initiated, Columbia looks forward to learning more about the objectives that will inform President Obama’s ultimate decision when that information becomes available,” Columbia’s Robert Hornsby, associate vice president for media relations told me.” (via Chicago Sun-Times)

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Hawaii Makes Its Case for Obama’s Library – Why Not Bring It to the Beach?

“When Gov. Neil Abercrombie of Hawaii was asked to appear in a video urging President Obama to make the state the home of his presidential library, the governor’s appeal was simple and, he said, reflective of the state’s “Aloha spirit.” With his Shetland sheepdog, Kanoa, at his side, Mr. Abercrombie made his case: “I don’t know how sophisticated this looks back in Washington, but my pitch to the president is: ‘I’m here with Kanoa. Why don’t you bring Sunny and Bo out and we can sit on the beach?’ ” (via NYTimes.com)

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“Not far from these wind-swept shores, Barack Obama was born and raised, soaking in an island sensibility that his family says he’s carried with him throughout his journey as president. Yet in the search for a home for his future presidential library, Hawaii is playing the underdog, overshadowed by Chicago and the commanding role it plays in Obama’s story. It’s not for lack of trying. A high-level campaign has been underway here since Obama won the Iowa caucuses in 2008 – before it was even clear he’d win his party’s nomination, much less the presidency.” (via AP)

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