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Contenders Line Up to Lure Obama's Library



    The jockeying for a community to house President Barack Obama's library and museum continues to ratchet up.

    Neighborhoods and universities in Chicago and Hawaii are all vying for the library, mainly because of the millions of dollars it would pump into a community.

    Chicago State University is the latest entity to throw its name into the hat, announcing last week that it will begin pushing for the library to be based near the school.

    CSU joins the University of Illinois-Chicago and the University of Hawaii as the three academic organizations lobbying for the library. According to USA Today, Hawaii has set aside one of the last undeveloped oceanfront plots in an effort to lure the library there.

    Leaders in the Bronzeville neighborhood would like to see the library located on the 37 acres on the vacant site of the old Michael Reese Hospital.

    Bill Clinton's Little Rock, Ark., library and museum has spurred $1 billion in real estate investment, USA Today reports.