Illinois gives early OK to $100M for Obama museum


CHICAGO  — An Illinois House committee has advanced a plan to devote $100 million in state funds to help bring President Obama’s presidential museum and library to Chicago.

The committee voted unanimously today following a hearing in Chicago.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was among several officials who spoke in favor of the funding.

He says the money would return dividends “well beyond” $100 million. Emanuel also says the funding would be a fitting way to welcome Obama back to his hometown.

Several Chicago sites — most on the city’s South Side — want to become home to the library and museum. Hawaii and New York also are vying for it.

The $100 million for construction costs would be part of a new capital construction plan, which the Legislature still must approve.