The stateâ€™s comptroller isnâ€™t a fan of the idea of using public funds on the construction of the Obama presidential library.
Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka believes the state has higher priorities than appropriating $100 million for the library, specifically pointing to the stateâ€™s bill backlog.
â€śI mean, I still have over $5 billion worth of bills to pay,â€ť Topinka said. â€śThey donâ€™t go away.Â So, you know, before we start looking at new things to do, weâ€™ve got to take care of that.Â We just have to, and Iâ€™m gonna ride that horse into the sunset.â€ť
Topinka says sheâ€™s not entirely opposed to using some public funds on the library, but only once private fundraising efforts have been exhausted.Â Even then, she believes $100 million is too high of a price for the state.
The proposal was introduced by House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago), but it has not been brought up for a floor vote.Â Hawaii and New York are also considering bids for the library.