HOW MUCH?

Illinois GOP Hates Obama Library Offer

The battle to host Obama’s presidential library is heating up. The Democratic leadership in the Illinois House is pushing fellow state representatives to pledge $100 million toward the library to try and fend off competition from Hawaii and Michigan. The state, as Republicans have pointed out, is facing unpaid bills, a crumbling credit rating, and significant benefit cuts. “The Democrats are putting up five or six different income-tax hike proposals—all under the guise that we don’t even have enough money to run basic state services, but then let’s find $100 million for the library?” said Jim Durkin, the Republicans’ House leader. Democrats claim that the money in tourism and economic development from a presidential library would make payment of the pledge easy. “This investment of $100 million will return dividends way beyond $100 million to the city of Chicago,” or so says Rahm Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago and former Obama chief of staff.