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It’s official: Obama library will be on Chicago’s South Side

“President Barack Obama has decided to build his presidential library on the South Side of Chicago, where his political career began. In a news release, the Barack Obama Foundation announced early Tuesday that the library would be erected on park land that was proposed for the site by the University of Chicago. The site was selected over bids made by Columbia University in New York, the University of Hawaii and the University of Illinois at Chicago.” (via AP)

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Obama chooses Chicago for his presidential library

“President Obama is poised to announce that he has chosen to situate his future presidential library in the South Side of Chicago, according to an individual briefed on the decision. The decision to accept the University of Chicago’s bid to host the library would end months of speculation over where Obama would seek to establish his post-presidential legacy. Columbia University, his alma mater, and the University of Hawaii sought to win the library for New York and Honolulu, respectively. The University of Illinois at Chicago had also vied to host it.” (via The Washington Post)

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OBAMA PUSHES READING THROUGH EBOOK, LIBRARY INITIATIVES

“Linking reading to technology, the White House marshaled major book publishers to provide more than $250 million in free e-books to low-income students and is seeking commitments from local governments and schools across the country to ensure that every student has a library card. President Barack Obama was to announce the two initiatives Thursday at a Washington library as part of his two-year-old ConnectED program that aims to improve education through digital connectivity.” (via The Associated Press)

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AP SOURCES: CHICAGO ELECTION DELAYS OBAMA LIBRARY DECISION

“President Barack Obama will hold off on announcing the location for his future presidential library until after Chicago’s runoff election for mayor, two people familiar with the decision said, in a bid to avoid politicizing his legacy project.Last year the Barack Obama Foundation, which is screening proposals for the library, said the president and first lady Michelle Obama would announce the winner by the end of March. But with the Chicago race still up in the air, the announcement is no longer expected until after the April 7 runoff, said the individuals, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the library.” (via The Associated Press)

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OBAMA GETS UPDATE ON SEARCH FOR PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY SITE

“President Barack Obama is getting an update about the competition to pick a site for his future presidential library. Obama stopped by his family’s home on Chicago’s South Side while in town to designate a national monument and campaign for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s re-election.” (via The Associated Press)

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Chicago Park District approves land transfer for U. of C. Obama library bid

“The Chicago Parks District board voted Wednesday to transfer roughly 20 acres of parkland to the city if the University of Chicago is chosen to host the Barack Obama Presidential Library, a move the library’s foundation said “improves Chicago’s bids” for the facility. The vote was part of a meeting at the Jesse White Community Center on the Near North Side that represented the third faceoff between preservationists who oppose the plan to transfer at least 20 acres of public land to the city and community residents who support it as a means of economic development.” (via Chicago Tribune)

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President Obama’s budget increases library funding

“President Barack Obama today transmitted to Congress the Obama Administration’s nearly $4 trillion budget request to fund the federal government for fiscal year 2016, which starts October 1, 2015. The President’s budget reflected many of the ideas and proposals outlined in his January 20th State of the Union speech. Highlights for the library community include $186.5 million in assistance to libraries through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). This important program provides funding to states through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).” (via ALA)

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Effort to get Obama library draws Chicago-style suspicions

“Chicago’s rush to secure space in a public park for Barack Obama’s presidential library has unleashed a tussle typical of the president’s hometown — loud, contentious and full of suspicions about backroom deals and personal politics as tangled as the ivy at Wrigley Field.Most Chicagoans would be shocked if Obama didn’t bring his library to the city where his political career began. But it has been equally shocking to some that the University of Chicago proposed building it on park land that the school did not control and had not secured until the Obama Foundation recently raised concerns.” (via AP)

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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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