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Obama Looks To Chicago For Presidential Library

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    Turns out President Barack Obama wants a presidential library after all.

    Jodi Kantor, author of "The Obamas," wrote in a New York Times piece this weekend that Obama "not so long ago" said he didn't need a presidential library, which he saw as "a tribute to himself costing hundreds of millions of dollars."

    Headed into his second term, Obama apparently changed his mind and now has a former aide looking at potential locations in his hometown.

    That's great news to one Chicago neighborhood seeking to be the future home of the library.

    While no official plans have been made, residents in the neighborhood say there are 37 acres that are a perfect fit: the vacant site of the old Michael Reese Hospital.

    "We've got this space cleared already and primed for something to come there and the library would be ideal," Leana Flowers with The Bronzeville Alliance community organization said last month.

    The Michael Reese Hospital property was purchased by the city more than three years ago in advance of Chicago's failed bid for the 2016 Olympic Games.

    Outside of Chicago, the University of Hawaii is also vying to be a part of Obama's legacy.

    "We believe that setting it here really tells that compelling story about his family and about his background," Reed Dasenbrock, the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Hawaii, told Hawaii NBC station KHNL.