Obama hasn’t even said he needs Illinois taxpayer help for construction of his presidential library in Chicago!
It’s no surprise Chicago Democrats who run the General Assembly nevertheless would be talking up giving perhaps $100 million or more for the library, but Governor Rauner, too, is said to be considering it.
Does anybody doubt it would take Obama no more than one day calling around to some of his Hollywood buddies to raise another $100 million? Any number of them would cough up tens of millions to get their names on this or that element of the library.
The library will provide a nice economic boost for Chicago and we’re lucky to be getting it, but make no mistake. It’s manna from heaven. There’s no need for a dime from state taxpayers. This is ridiculous.
–Mark Glennon is founder of WirePoints. Opinions expressed are his own.