Illinois gives early OK to $100M for Obama museum - MyFoxAustin.com | KTBC Fox 7 | News, Weather, Sports

Illinois gives early OK to $100M for Obama museum

Posted: Updated:
CHICAGO (Associated Press) -

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.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Follow Us!

Share Your Photos & Video

Powered by WorldNow

KTBC FOX 7
119 East 10th Street
Austin, TX 78701

Phone: (512) 476-7777
Fax: (512) 495-7001

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices