Quinn Calls For Private Donations to Obama LibraryCOLLINSVILLE, 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.
See other LocalNews news:Salem Area Residents and Organizations Recognized at Night of Honor
Raccoon Grade and Odin School Latest to Show Support for McGhee Family
Victim in Truck-Train Crash Identified as 38-Year-Old Breese Man
39 Percent of Rural Illinois Without High-Speed Internet
Song Dancing Its Way to Official Illinois Polka