Emotions high in 2nd day of Chicago Obama library hearings

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Emotions flared once again Wednesday during a meeting about the proposed location of the Barack Obama presidential library on the South Side.

Over the course of two days, it’s estimated about 2,500 people have shown up to public hearings to voice their support or concerns about the project.

It`s down to a handful of finalists for the Obama presidential library, with final bids located in Honolulu, New York, and Chicago -- thanks to a bid put in by the University of Chicago.

If Chicago`s South Side is selected as the site for this library, it’s estimated to bring in about $220 million dollars annually -- plus about 40 new restaurants and 1,900 permanent jobs.

But even with that, some residents have concerns about preserving park land -- among other things.

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  • silent_screamer

    Honolulu is a much better choice than Chicago. Chicago is fortunate to have George Lucas’ exhibit already on the game board. Lets do that right and forget the Obama library. Lucas’s vision will attract an international appeal of all age groups and bring in much more money.

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