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Sources: General Assembly Could Soon Consider $100M in Funding for Obama Library

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When Illinois lawmakers return to Springfield in late October for the veto session, multiple sources tell NBC 5 the General Assembly are likely to consider whether to approve $100 million in capital funds for the Obama Presidential Library.

Sources say Speaker Madigan proposed the funding when he met with GOP Leaders Jim Durkin and Bill Brady.

Madigan's spokesman Steve Brown denied any knowledge of the plan. However, Republicans believe the proposal may take money earmarked for IDOT construction projects to help build the library. Rauner was asked today, but would not take questions.

In May there were reports President Obama plans to raise $1 billion to build the library and fund the endowment associated with it.

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