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President Obama officially picks Chicago, not Hawaii, as site for for presidential library

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

President Barack Obama's presidential library will be located on the South Side of Chicago, not in Kaka'ako, the president confirmed in an online video released early Tuesday morning. 

The future Barack Obama Presidential Center will include a library and museum, as well as office and activity space for the Barack Obama Foundation. The foundation plans to enter into an agreement with either Washington Park or Jackson Park, and the University of Chicago will play an influential role in the Center's development.

"With a library and a foundation on the South Side of Chicago, not only will we be able to encourage and affect change locally, but what we can also do is attract the world to Chicago," President Obama said in the video. 

In the end, President Obama decided to build his legacy facility in the city where his political career began instead of his home state, despite Hawaii being one of four finalists. People with direct knowledge of the decision said nearly two weeks ago that Chicago had been chosen as the site, but Tuesday's announcement made the selection official.

President Obama's foundation says they still plan to collaborate in some capacity with the three other finalists, though it was not immediately known in what capacity.

"I speak on behalf of my brother when I say I know he will be so pleased that Hawaii will be a part of it," said Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng, President Obama's half-sister. "I'm looking forward to working with everyone in Hawaii to bring this project to life."

Dr. Soetoro-Ng said that Hawaii made a compelling presentation, which helped convince the President to do something here in Hawaii.

There are also plans for Columbia University and the University of Illinois, which also made bids for the Presidential library.

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