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Apr 17, 2014 1:38 PM by AP

Illinois gives early OK to $100M for Obama museum

CHICAGO (AP) - An Illinois House committee has advanced a plan to devote $100 million in state funds to help bring President Barack Obama's presidential museum and library to Chicago.

The committee voted unanimously Thursday 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.

A spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan says the Legislature still must determine a source for the funding.

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