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House Panel OKs $100M Lure for Obama Library

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AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 10:  (L-R) LBJ Presidential Library Director Mark Updegrove, President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) arrive in the Great Hall at the LBJ Presidential Library on the third day of the Civil Rights Summit April 10, 2014 in Austin, Texas. The summit marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Civil Rights Act legislation. (Photo: Ricardo Brazziell-Pool/Getty Images)

AUSTIN, TX – APRIL 10: (L-R) LBJ Presidential Library Director Mark Updegrove, President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) arrive in the Great Hall at the LBJ Presidential Library on the third day of the Civil Rights Summit April 10, 2014 in Austin, Texas. The summit marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Civil Rights Act legislation. (Photo: Ricardo Brazziell-Pool/Getty Images)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - An Illinois House committee is again endorsing Speaker Michael Madigan’s plan to offer a $100 million incentive to lure Barack Obama’s presidential library to Illinois.

The Executive Committee voted 7-4 Wednesday to send the plan to the House floor.

It was a do-over vote. The committee approved the plan two weeks ago. But the panel used a roll call from the previous day and recorded a 9-0 vote with only five Democrats and no Republicans present.

The GOP objected and Madigan a Chicago Democrat agreed to conduct a second vote.

Madigan believes the public money would be well spent. But public funds have never been used to build an official presidential library recognized by the National Archives.

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