Illinois House Panel OKs $100M for Obama Library

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By Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) - An Illinois House committee is again endorsing Speaker Michael Madigan's plan to offer a $100 million incentive to lure Barack Obama's presidential library to Illinois.

The Executive Committee voted 7-4 Wednesday to send the plan to the House floor.

It was a do-over vote. The committee approved the plan two weeks ago. But the panel used a roll call from the previous day and recorded a 9-0 vote with only five Democrats and no Republicans present.

The GOP objected and Madigan - a Chicago Democrat - agreed to conduct a second vote. 

Madigan believes the public money would be well spent. But public funds have never been used to build an official presidential library recognized by the National Archives.

The bill is HB6010.

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