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May 04, 2015

Obama Foundation Picks Chicago as Presidential Library Site

The Barack Obama Foundation has selected Chicago as the location of Mr. Obama's future presidential library and museum and will officially announce the choice this month, CNN reports, citing two people familiar with the decision. The president signed off on the decision and has notified Mayor Rahm Emanuel, his former White House chief of staff, and Illinois lawmakers who played a role in lining up property and financing for a library site on the city's South Side.

Governor Bruce Rauner signed legislation Friday aimed at removing legal barriers to the city's plan to build the library on what is now public parkland, the Associated Press writes. The measure, which was fast-tracked by lawmakers, could also ease development of movie mogul George Lucas's planned Museum of Narrative Art on the Lake Michigan waterfront.

Leaders in Chicago, Mr. Obama's adopted hometown and the birthplace of his political career, had vowed to beat back bids from universities in Honolulu and New York to host the library.