State Senator Bill Brady is pitching a so-called “voluntary check-off” to help bring President Obama’s presidential library to Illinois without using state funds.
Brady says under his plan, the Illinois Department of Revenue would ask taxpayers on their tax returns if they would like to donate some of their refunds to the library. If they say yes, then that money would go specifically towards the library.
He adds this has been done before, such as with the “National World War II Memorial Fund” and “Habitat for Humanity.”
Brady believes this approach is better than using state funds that could go towards education and improving infrastructure.
His plan is in response to a bill that may go up for a vote in the House on Thursday, which calls for spending $100 million in taxpayer money on the library.
WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this story.