Community leaders urge President Obama to choose UIC for library

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CHICAGO -- The Westside Black Elected Officials chose President’s Day to highlight their proposal to build the Obama presidential library on a 23 acres site anchored at the corner of Roosevelt and Kostner.

They acknowledge many think their bid is a long shot, but they say they're determined to show everyone they are serious.

The group of African American, West and West suburban, current and former elected officials believe the UIC-North Lawndale bid for the Obama president library would mark the beginning of a regional renaissance for the area.

UIC is competing with bids from the University of Hawaii - the president's birth place, Columbia University in New York City - where the President attended college and the University of Chicago - where the President and First Lady once worked.

Officials with the UIC/North Lawndale bid are not discouraged nor deterred by Mayor Emanuel’s proposal to transfer park land in Washington Park and Jackson Park to the city to boost the U of C bid.

They will be holding rally on March 7th.

The final decision on where the library and museum will be built also is expected to be announced in March.

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  • silent_screamer

    In 5 yeas ,If you asked most residents or visitors to Chicago where they would rather spend the afternoon
    a) President Obama’s Library , or b) George Lucas’ Star Wars Exhibit. Which point of interest would attract more visitors ?

    Again, Which point of interest will fill more hotel rooms and restaurants? Which will sell more souvenirs and t-shirts. Which exhibit will have repeat visitors who come annually and generate tourist dollars for the city? I know what I would answer.
    Sorry University, but Id rather your real estate be left for another worth wild project or even left as open urban space. Let hawaii have the library.

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