(CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s team is working to keep Chicago in play as the future home of the Obama Presidential Library, reports WBBM’s Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
According to a source close to the Obama Presidential Foundation is that the University of Chicago “doesn’t control any of them,” and that there “needed to be a high degree of certainty that if the bid was accepted, the process would be in place for the land to be transferred.”
CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports there is concern about avoiding the same kind of brutal lakefront brawl we’re seeing over the proposed Lucas Museum. With Mayor Emanuel still out of town on vacation, aides are scrambling to work out the same kind of deal the Museum of Science and Industry, the Field Museum, and others have.
Mayor Emanuel’s top advisor David Spielfogel acknowledges the Obama Foundation’s concern that neither the University of Chicago nor the city own the property being offered for the presidential library, which is owned by the Chicago Park District.