Obamas pick presidential library site in Chicago

Chicago—US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have reached a long-awaited decision on where exactly in Chicago to build their presidential library.
The location is the city’s historic Jackson Park, near the University of Chicago where the president taught law before being elected to public office, a source familiar with the decision making told AFP.
A formal announcement will be made in the coming days. The 540-acre park, named after the seventh US president Andrew Jackson, was commissioned in 1869, according to the city’s park district. It is nestled on Chicago’s famed waterfront, overlooking Lake Michigan and is also the site of the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry.
The newest addition to the US network of presidential libraries will serve as a repository for historical items, records and papers pertaining to Obama’s two terms as president after he leaves office in January.
The Obamas last year picked Chicago as the host city for their library, instead of Honolulu in Hawaii or New York City, which were also bidding.
They had since narrowed their choice down to two sites: Jackson Park and Washington Park, which lies not far away to the west of the University of Chicago.
Their decision determines which of two economically struggling, predominantly African-American neighborhoods receive a boost in investment and jobs.—APP

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