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Chicago's mayor wants single bid for Obama library

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:27 a.m. HST, Jan 25, 2014

CHICAGO >> Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has said he wants the city to submit a unified bid for President Barack Obama's presidential library.

"It is important for the city to have the president's library in his hometown, and we will be very competitive in our proposal, and we have put a lot of thought into it," Emanuel, who is Obama's former chief of staff, told the Chicago Sun-Times.

The University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago State University and the University of Chicago have all expressed interest in being home to the library. So has a group from Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood that's promoting a lakefront site at a now-closed hospital.

The University of Hawaii is vying for the site and the newspaper reports Columbia University in New York is also interested.

Emanuel said he doesn't expect Chicago will win the library "based on some sentiment toward the city." The mayor said he will remind Obama of his Chicago roots, but he expects Chicago and its university systems to be competitive in the city's proposal.

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noheawilli wrote:
Go ahead Mr. President, go where the politics suits yours
on January 24,2014 | 01:35PM
Kalalea wrote:
Attn: Mayor Emanuel: Honolulu is President Barack Obama's hometown- where he was born. Chicago is his adulthood home, but if one were to ask where the President is from, the correct and factual answer would be Honolulu.
on January 24,2014 | 01:37PM
Mythman wrote:
Err, did I miss something? Since when did facts matter.
on January 24,2014 | 01:56PM
syhud wrote:
Yeah Hawaii is considered his vacation home now. And nothing else.
on January 24,2014 | 02:44PM
hanalei395 wrote:
"And nothing else" ..... except, ... the site for his future library.
on January 24,2014 | 06:39PM
lee1957 wrote:
Hometown and birthplace are not the same thing.
on January 24,2014 | 05:43PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Hometown could be where one grew up.
on January 25,2014 | 03:02AM
entrkn wrote:
on January 24,2014 | 02:56PM
serious wrote:
Chicago would suit him just great. He can have Jesse Jr in charge of the corrupt section and any number of ex-con Governors as escorts.
on January 24,2014 | 04:45PM
Ronin006 wrote:
Obama might even have Tony Rezko handle the real estate end of it like it did for the purchase of his home in Chicago. That will, of course, have to wait until convict Rezko is released from prison when he finishes his term or when he is pardoned by Obama, whichever comes first.
on January 24,2014 | 07:50PM
South76 wrote:
Let's get this straight, Hawaii is his birth state but he represented the state of Illinois in D.C.. He spent most of his life outside of Hawaii. We don't need his trash, if we need to find something about him, just google it or go the library.
on January 25,2014 | 02:44AM
hanalei395 wrote:
And trash-talking Obama-haters can't do a thing if Obama builds his library here. Except more trash talking.
on January 25,2014 | 04:33AM
kekelaward wrote:
He won't build anything here, or anywhere else for that matter. Someone else will build it for him, using someone else's money.
on January 25,2014 | 05:51AM
hanalei395 wrote:
No kidding. And he'll give the OK to have it built here.
on January 25,2014 | 06:10AM
LanaUlulani wrote:

Exactly. Obama's Buddy Rahm Emanuel says that CHICAGO is Obama's hometown and should get the Obama Presidential Library.

Chicago SHOULD have his library. Obama stated himself in the presidential debate that CHICAGO is his hometown. He did not mention Hawai'i then though he USED Hawai'i for personal gain.

Obama's presence which includes a library exacerbates the home buying market in Hawai'i increasing demand thus home prices further shutting out local kids from the home BUYING market. Let CHICAGO HAVE HIM. Where he BELONGS.

on January 25,2014 | 05:08AM
Uncleart66 wrote:
You win......take it. Bye......
on January 25,2014 | 06:32AM
Royabell wrote:
They can have it!
on January 25,2014 | 06:44AM
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