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Report: Obama Library Would Cost Taxpayers $175 Million

City officials announced Friday that the estimated cost for the proposed Obama Presidential Center in Chicago, Illinois, would cost taxpayers $175 million.

The Chicago Tribune reported that it was the first time city officials put out a specific dollar amount of what the project would cost the public.

“These proposed investments are intended to make the (center) and surrounding Jackson Park a world-class destination on par with Chicago’s Museum Campus,” Chicago’s Department of Transportation (CDOT) told the Tribune.

The taxpayer-funded dollars would go toward constructing four to five additional underpasses and widening roads surrounding the center.

City officials say they intend to explore “all potential options” for funding, including funding from the state of Illinois.

Officials released the information to the public ahead of a meeting scheduled for Tuesday, where Obama Foundation representatives are expected to release the plans for the presidential center.

CDOT spokesman Michael Claffey said that presidential libraries often get state financing toward infrastructure, citing the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield as one example of a state-funded presidential library. The library received an estimated $100 million in funding.

Not everyone is on board with the project. In January, more than 100 University of Chicago professors and neighborhood activists signed a letter saying the center would not benefit the surrounding community.

The activists noted that there would be no land available to develop new restaurants or businesses because the center would be located near the University of Chicago and an existing museum.

The protests from the community came after the Obama Foundation released its blueprint for the proposed presidential center. Around the same time, Obama released images of the proposed presidential center showing a white, modern-looking building surrounded by parkland.

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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. paulette

    February 24, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    WHY DO TAX PAYERS HAVE TO PAY FOR IT,LET HIM PAY FOR HIS OWN BS CRAPHOLE,UNBELIEVABLE

    • chino

      February 24, 2018 at 9:29 pm

      I agree.

    • Nancy Morton

      February 24, 2018 at 10:07 pm

      Because every president before him, historically, has had the privilege bestowed as well. trump’s weekend trip to Mar-lago (or whatever the name is) to play golf has cost the taxpayers (you and me ++++++++, etc.) way more than that not to mention Melania’s spa trips that cost 64,000 a pop or the fact that she lives in New York some of the time and in DC part of the time and flies in a different plane to the same place he is going. Why is their dysfunctional marriage our responsibility?

    • Nita Hogg

      February 24, 2018 at 10:07 pm

      Absolutely NO. He overspent enough on his wall-to-wall vacations to pay for that AND his pension for life.. No more $$$ for this free-loading bunch of do-nothings…..

  2. Peter

    February 24, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    You could probably install a complex video security system to help make every school in Chicago safe for that amount. Ask any tax paying parent, which should be the priority.

  3. bruce mckenna

    February 24, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    WHY DOES THE USA GIVE HONORS TO THE WORST USELESS PEOPLE IN THEIR COUNTRY. HE DID NOTHING TO DESERVE EVEN HIS NAME ON A MAILBOX. HE WAS THE TOKEN PRESIDENT TO APPEASE PEOPLE, SO IT COULD BE SAID ANYONE COULD BECOME PRESIDENT. WHAT WE NEED TO FIND OUT IS THE STORY BEHIND THE CURRENT STORY. IT WOULD BE GREAT TO SEE THE LIBERALS LOSE THE SENATE, THE HOUSE, THE CONGRESS AND ALL THEIR JOBS AND POSITIONS… I HAVE TO SAY THAT IF THE LIBERALS ARE THE HUMBLE SERVANTS OF THE CITIZENS WHO EMPLOY THEM, THEY NEED TRAINING IN HUMILITY. INSTEAD, THEY WALK AROUND LIKE THEY ARE SOMEONE IMPORTANT. ALL THE SENATORS SAY THEY ARE WORKING FOR THE PEOPLE IN THEIR DISTRICTS, BULLSHIT, THEY ARE THERE FOR THE MONEY. PUT THEM ON ALIE DETECTOR AND ASK THEM WHY THEY WANTED THE JOB.

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