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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. –Supporting the efforts to bring President Obama’s presidential library and museum to Illinois, State Rep. Charles “Chuck” Jefferson, D-Rockford, is co-sponsoring a measure to provide state capital funding for the construction of the facility.
“This is an opportunity to bring what may become one of the most significant museums and libraries in the world to our state,” Jefferson said. “President Obama’s accomplishments as a leader began in Illinois. It is fitting that the monument of his legacy also remains here.”
House Bill 6010 appropriates $100 million from the Capital Development Fund for the construction of a presidential library and museum dedicated to the legacy of President Barack Obama. According to the Barack H. Obama Foundation website, the winning location will be announced in early 2015. Columbia University in New York, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago and Chicago State University have all been proposed as possible sites.
“Bringing this library and museum to Illinois will also yield tourism and economic development for Illinois,” said Jefferson. “I hope the Obama’s decide to house the showcase of their monumental achievements in their home state and continue to inspire generations of Illinoisans.”