SPRINGFIELD, IL (KTVI) – Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan and State Representative Monique Davis have introduced a bill to secure $100 million in state funding to secure a presidential library and museum of President Barack Obama.
Madigan stated, “Illinois has a long and proud tradition as the birthplace or home of some of our country’s most influential commanders-in-chief, from Lincoln and Grant to Reagan and Obama,” Madigan said. “We hope President Obama selects his adopted home state of Illinois to be the location of his presidential library, which will be a lasting testament to his contributions and leadership as an Illinois state senator, U.S. senator and president of the United States.”
Presidents usually select the venue of their presidential library with the advice of the Archivist of the United States.
According to Politico, several cities and institutions are lining up to make a bid for President Obama’s presidential library and museum.
That list includes:
- The University of Chicago, which is close to Obama’s Hyde Park home and where he taught constitutional law
- The University of Illinois at Chicago; Chicago State University
- Columbia University in New York City, where Obama received his undergraduate degree in 1983
- The University of Hawaii at Manoa, where Obama’s parents met.
Three sites in Illinois are seeking to land the presidents library, but Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, President Obama’s former Chief of Staff wants the city to make one single proposal.
The target date for selecting a site is reported to be early 2015.