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Obama Reportedly Picks Chicago as Site of Presidential Library

Barack Obama will reportedly plant his presidential legacy in Chicago.

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President Barack Obama doesn’t have any more races to run in his political life, unless he decides he wants to be an alderman as a retirement gig. The only competition that remained was where Obama would choose to locate his presidential library. But even that appears to be wrapped up as well—with Obama’s hometown of Chicago reportedly winning the race to play host to his presidential legacy.

The library and museum will be developed along with the University of Chicago, where Obama taught law. Obama, through his foundation, fielded roughly a dozen proposals for the library from different states and universities, before whittling down the contenders to a shortlist of four locations. The three other finalists were: the University of Illinois Chicago, the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, and Columbia University. “The University of Chicago had long been seen as the front-runner, and the foundation signaled its interest in the school’s South Side proposal last month by commissioning a poll of area residents,” according to NBC5 Chicago. The exact location of the library is still undecided.