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Local Cash Could Help Chicago Win Presidential Library



    Looks like Chicago has a good shot of landing President Barack Obama's presidential library.

    Chicago Sun-Times columnist Lynn Sweet reports the Obama campaign's final list of "bundlers” shows big bucks from Windy City fundraisers and not a lot of cash flowing from Obama's native Hawaii, the other possible location for the library.

    Sweet reports 21 of about 250 supporters who raised more than $500,000 for the president during his re-election campaign were from the Chicago area. None were from Hawaii. 

    The library remains a long ways off as the high-rolling group focuses on Obama's new Organizing for Action, a nonprofit aimed at mobilizing support behind the president's second-term agenda. The nonprofit will be based in Chicago and Washington D.C.

    That hasn't stop some residents from trying to call dibs on the library's future home. Residents in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood say there are 37 acres that are a perfect fit: the vacant site of the old Michael Reese Hospital.

    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.