Rep. Mitchell: Just say no to taxpayer funds for Obama Library

Decatur – With the State of Illinois facing another multi-billion dollar budget deficit, a Central Illinois lawmaker is reiterating his opposition to the use of taxpayer funds for the proposed Obama Presidential Library in Chicago.

With the new General Assembly returning to Springfield next week, State Representative Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth) is urging fellow lawmakers to not spend State funds on the Library.

“My message is simple: just say no to taxpayer funds for the Obama Library,” Mitchell said.  “Illinois is broke. We’re facing a $6 billion budget shortfall. But some of the Chicago politicians want to spend $100 million in State funds on the Obama Library. This is an outrageous waste of taxpayer dollars which should be rejected by the legislature.”

Chicago media outlets reported earlier this week that Mayor Rahm Emanuel was working with community leaders to set aside historic parkland in the city to build the Obama Presidential Library and Museum. The land transfer ordinance would carve up one of two parks that are on the National Register of Historic Places.

Last year, Representative Mitchell sponsored House Resolution 1118 in opposition to a proposal that would spend $100 million in taxpayer funds to help build the Obama Library in Chicago.

House Bill 6010, sponsored in the previous General Assembly by Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago), would have appropriated $100 million from the Capital Development Fund to the Capital Development Board for the construction of a presidential library and museum dedicated to the legacy of President Barack Obama. 

Representative Mitchell believes private funds should be used to build the library.

“The last two presidents used private donations to build their libraries,” Mitchell said. “President Obama has proven himself to be a prolific fundraiser over the years. Let his foundation raise the money needed to bring the Obama Library to Chicago. I am adamantly opposed to using taxpayer funds for this library, especially at a time when Illinois can’t pay its bills.”
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