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Jim Durkin Asks Why Illinois Should Pony Up $100 Million for Obama Library

With Democrats threatening cuts in education and social services unless they get a tax hike, why would they want to spent money on this, Durkin wonders.

State Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs), House Minority Leader
State Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs), House Minority Leader

Illinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin blasted Democrats on Monday for offering to put up $100 million to lure the Obama presidential library to Chicago.

"It's ironic that Democrats, who have been threatening drastic cuts in education and other state services if the 'temporary' income tax is allowed to expire, now want to spend $100 million in public funds on the Obama presidential library," the Western Springs Republican said in a statement. "Where is this money going to come from?"

Durkin, of Western Springs, reminded Democrats the state owes $7 billion in overdue bills and has a $100 billion deficit in its employee pension funds.

House Speaker Mike Madigan last week passed a measure out of the Executive Committee — while no Republican members were in attendance — that would have the state borrow $100 million to put toward construction of the presidential library. Madigan said the state needed to offer that extra incentive to entice the library's selection committee.

Chicago, Hawaii and New York are expected to vie for the right to host the official library and museum.

Independence666 April 24, 2014 at 09:08 PM
Incentives such as tax breaks for purchasing "fule efficient" cars?
swimmer April 24, 2014 at 09:15 PM
Fule effecient? Yeah, that's it
Independence666 April 25, 2014 at 06:25 AM
When you have to criticize typos, you've obviously lost the argument. Have a nice life.
Isaac DC April 30, 2014 at 11:03 PM
Dear Obama Library Supporters, please do everyone a favor- PLEASE open "YOUR" wallets and give accordingly and whilst you are at it, try not using your EBT's cards to do so while those who work hard for their ends try to make them meet before the next crazy tax or STIMULUS affects them and their family trying their darndest to put food on the table and a roof over their heads. BTW, I am not a REPUB nor do I watch FOX or any brainwashing media news corp... sure, I know you (CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, AL JAZEERA etc. believers), all own Prius's and do your part to prevent Global (Billionaire-Al GORE) Warming by keeping your Carbon Footprint (good luck with breathing) down to nil, you don't break the law (Freaken Golden-Blago) types all got it figured out as long as you are making all the decisions and rules. yep, your sheit don't stink either. Crazy Lemmings... sheesh.
WompBomp June 13, 2014 at 04:37 PM
Obama Library... What an oxymoron.

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