Quinn: Obama library should get private funds too

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 24, 2014 at 4:56 pm •  Published: April 24, 2014

COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn says he'd like to see private donations factor into funding a possible Barack Obama presidential library in Illinois.

The Chicago Democrat told reporters in Collinsville on Thursday that the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library in Springfield has provided a major economic boost, particularly with tourism.

He says an Obama library could create a "tremendous number of jobs" and he's interested in private donations along with state money.

Lawmakers are considering a measure that will spend about $100 million in state money for Chicago's bid for the presidential library.

The measure passed an Illinois House committee, but a vote will be retaken next week because no Republicans members were present. House Speaker Michael Madigan is sponsoring the bill and says it was a misunderstanding of the rules.