Obama Presidential Library to be Built in Chicago

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On Tuesday, the Barack Obama Foundation made it official by announcing the Obama Presidential Library will be built in Chicago.

The University of Chicago beat out other prominent schools, including Columbia University, the University of Illinois, and the University of Hawaii to host the Presidential Center.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, President Obama's former Chief of Staff, explained why Chicago was the natural choice to showcase the president's legacy and what it will mean to the city.

"When we break ground on the president's library it will be a groundbreaking moment for the city of Chicago and all the residents of the South Side," said Emanuel according to CNN. “This is where President Obama's journey began in public life. He got his start as a young, community organizer providing a voice to the people who lacked economic and political power and is also where he found his voice. He walked these streets, knocked on these doors and believed in the audacity of hope. His journey began on the South Side, and now we know that it will come full circle with his library coming home to the South Side of Chicago."

The library is expected to bring millions of dollars and hundreds of jobs to one of Chicago's toughest neighborhoods.


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