Speaker Madigan Introduces Plan for Obama Library, Museum

Speaker Madigan Introduces Plan for Obama Library, Museum

Photo: Associated Press, Newsradio WTAX

The Illinois’ House Speaker and Democratic party chair is introducing legislation that would fund the building of a presidential library honoring President Barack Obama.

Michael Madigan announced the plan Tuesday afternoon that’s co-sponsored by Chicago Democratic Rep. Monique Davis. It would devote $100 million in state capital funding for the construction of the library and museum, beginning in July.

Madigan says it’s important that Illinois makes a strong financial commitment to honor Obama, the first black president and a former state senator.

According to the National Archives, the president selects the location of his presidential library. Proposals are submitted by interested locations.

The competition to host the presidential library has already set off infighting in Chicago.

No fewer than six potential Chicago bids have emerged, each backed by different interests.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Butterball is Ready to Help With Turkey Dinner

turkey 2

If you're the type of person that "could make a TV dinner taste like radio," perhaps cooking a turkey isn't exactly in your wheelhouse.

in Local

City Council May Do Away with Ethics Committee

6-30-15 Springfield City Council

The Springfield City Council may do away with

in Local

Springfield Jobless Rate Drops — And More

job apps

Springfield-area Unemployment: 5.1%

in Local

Rauner Issues Pardons

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate businessman Bruce Rauner participates in a Republican gubernatorial candidate debate Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. The four Republican gubernatorial candidates said that they’ll be willing to work with unions if elected but differed on how to approach the relationship during a downstate debate that largely focused on pension reform, taxes and just briefly on personal issues that have dogged some of the candidates.

Rauner granted 10 and denied 200 clemency petitions.

in Local

Springfield Man Convicted of Sexual Assault


Christopher Westfall was convicted in August.