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Illinois gives early OK to $100M for Obama museum

  • ASSOCIATED PRESSA student walking on the campus of Chicago State University in Chicago on Feb. 7, 2014. Chicago State is one of six potential sites bidding to be the location for a Barack Obama presidential library, each backed by different interests.
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    A student walking on the campus of Chicago State University in Chicago on Feb. 7, 2014. Chicago State is one of six potential sites bidding to be the location for a Barack Obama presidential library, each backed by different interests.

CHICAGO >> An Illinois House committee has advanced a plan to devote $100 million in state funds to help bring President Barack Obama’s presidential museum and library to Chicago.

The committee voted unanimously Thursday following a hearing in Chicago.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was among several officials who spoke in favor of the funding.

He says the money would return dividends "well beyond" $100 million. Emanuel also says the funding would be a fitting way to welcome Obama back to his hometown.

Several Chicago sites — most on the city’s South Side — want to become home to the library and museum. Hawaii and New York also are vying for it.

A spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan says the Legislature still must determine a source for the funding.

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