GOP Leaders are “Nay” to Obama library
Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 - Posted by Barton Lorimor
Posted by Barton Lorimor (@bartonlorimor)
* Leaders Durkin and Radogno both are against the Speaker’s $100 million grant for the presidential library…
Durkin said now is not the time to be using public money on a presidential library.
“The state of Illinois is beyond broke. We can’t pay our bills. We’re $7 billion behind paying state vendors. We have pension systems that are barely afloat. Who in the world thinks that the state of Illinois can afford that right now?” he said. “To say that we are going to put $100 million aside in the hope that Illinois – and, specifically, Chicago – will be the recipient, or will be the designation of the Obama library, I believe it’s inappropriate for that type of discussion at this time.”
* You will recall the “Leave” controversy that got the bill out of a subject matter hearing. Steve Brown…
But Madigan spokesman Steve Brown said Monday the matter would go again before the House Executive Committee on April 30 to silence criticisms.
* Although one media outlet reported he is staying out of it, Fox Chicago says Gov. Quinn has given the proposal a thumbs up…
The state is grappling with budget woes, but Quinn said Saturday the spending would be “an important investment.”
He pointed to the state’s financial support for the Lincoln library in Springfield, saying “it’s paid tremendous dividends in terms of tourism.”
* Editorial: It’s politics before prestige in Obama library bid
* Lee: No state funds for Obama library