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.