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Obama Library’s $100 Million Bill Draws Republican Ire

In cash-strapped Illinois, $100 million is serious money -- especially for Republicans being asked to spend it on a shrine to President Barack Obama.

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, chairman of the state’s Democratic Party, is pushing the taxpayer funding to help pay for a potential presidential library in Chicago to honor Obama. Republican legislators are saying not so fast, given the state’s financial straits.