Illinois House Committee approves funding for presidential library and museum

By WEEK Producer

April 18, 2014 Updated Apr 18, 2014 at 7:55 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The debate continues over whether Illinois taxpayers should pay for Barack Obama's presidential library and museum.

An Illinois House Committee voted unanimously yesterday to commit $100 million to the project.

The city of Chicago will be bidding against several other cities for the landmark.

House speaker Mike Madigan supports the plan, saying $100 million is a fraction of the money the state spends on construction each year.

The plan now goes to the full House.

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