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March 09, 2015

Obama Puts Off Library Call Until After Chicago Election

President Obama will not name the location for his future presidential library until after Chicago's April 7 runoff mayoral election out of concern that an earlier announcement could politicize his legacy project, the Associated Press reports, citing two people familiar with the decision.

The Barack Obama Foundation, which is overseeing the library's fundraising and development, had said the president and Michelle Obama would choose by the end of March from among four proposals, two of them for Chicago sites. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, formerly Mr. Obama's White House chief of staff and an outspoken booster of putting the library in Chicago, is locked in a tight race for re-election. The AP sources said Mr. Obama and the foundation want to avoid injecting the library decision into the political fray.