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AP source: Chicago bids for Obama library at risk

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By JOSH LEDERMAN and SARA BURNETT
Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago's two bids to host President Barack Obama's presidential library have run into trouble.

The Barack Obama Foundation is currently screening proposals from Chicago, Honolulu and New York. But a source close to the foundation says there are serious concerns that could endanger both of Chicago's proposals.

The source says the foundation's board is alarmed that the University of Chicago can't guarantee it can secure the land it's proposing for the library. The Chicago Parks District controls the school's proposed sites.

The city's other bid comes from the University of Illinois at Chicago. The source says uncertainty about ongoing changes in university leadership have put that bid in jeopardy. The source wasn't authorized to comment publicly and requested anonymity.

The city of Chicago says it's working to address the concerns.

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