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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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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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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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