Chicago: Obama Library infrastructure a total of $175M

CHICAGO – Private dollars to pay for the building of the former President Barack Obama, the library, but the road and other works near the Chicago site, which costs the taxpayer.

The city is the transport of the department is of the opinion that the cost of the widening of streets and the construction of at least four new underpasses in the vicinity of the site in Jackson Park to a total of $175 million. The city says it is pursuing “all possible financing options” for the work, including state dollars.

In January, more than 100 of the University of Chicago faculty members signed a letter to the Obama Foundation is looking for another location for the centre. One complaint was the taxpayers money that would be spent on infrastructure.

An Illinois Department of Transportation spokesman says the state spent $100 million on the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, which opened in 2005.

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