Chicago election delays Obama library decision

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will hold off on announcing the location for his future library until after Chicago’s runoff election for mayor.

That’s according to two people familiar with the decision who weren’t authorized to discuss the library and spoke on condition of anonymity. They said Obama wants to avoid politicizing his legacy project or creating the appearance of giving Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel an unfair advantage.

Last year, the Barack Obama Foundation said the Obamas would announce the winner by the end of March. But the announcement is no longer expected until after the April 7 runoff.

Emanuel is Obama’s former chief of staff and is up for re-election. He failed to win a majority in last month’s vote. Emanuel faces Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia in the runoff.


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  • John

    are not the other presidential libraries in the state where the president was born? So it should either be in Hawaii or Kenya.

  • James C. Walker

    So, if Rahm is un-elected as he should be for favoring the $500+ million dollar ripoff of the red light cameras, does that mean the Obama library will go somewhere else? Hopefully Rahm will be thrown out of office. But equally hopefully, Obama should put his library where he feels it is right – not based on Rahm’s un-election.

    James C. Walker, Life Member – National Motorists Association

  • Diane.

    REpost:: George Lucas is now questioning his decision to build his Star Wars exhibit in Chicago and to relocate it ‘s design to LA Calf. Losing the Lucas exhibit would indeed be a great financial loss to Chicago in terms of Conventions, hotel rooms, restaurants, souvenirs , all tourists trades. Let the library goes elsewhere .

    Most folks have no desire to see Obama’s library and it won’t have repeat business. Some visitors but mostly an outing for school field trips.

    Better choice is the Lucas Exhibit that has
    A) Star Wars has International appeal,
    B)StarWars has Ageless audience
    C) Star Wars enthusiasts will have real monies to spend and willing to travel for the experience .
    D) Star Wars spreads goodwill and harmony.

    The last four perks only come with Lucas’ Star Wars Exhibit and don’t apply to Barack Obama .

    • mysist

      You can thank the activist group “friends of the park” for squashing the Lucas library project with their lawsuit. You are wrong about most people not wanting the Obama Library in Chicago. There is major support for it. Friends of the park tried to stop that project too, but when they held meetings to gage support for it in either the jackson park or washington park areas, the support was massively in favor of it, and they beat back the obstruction of friends of the park. Friends of the park is a group that has no vested interest in any of the areas that would benefit from these projects, and if not for them, Chicago was on their way to having BOTH projects. I’m still hoping they will beat back the lawsuit brought on by friends of the park so both projects can proceed.