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3 cities vie to make Obama best offer for library

Published: Dec. 5, 2014 at 10:28 AM HST
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By JOSH LEDERMAN and KERRY LESTER
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Three U.S. cities that President Barack Obama once called home are trying to outdo one another as the competition to host his future presidential library comes to a close.

Next week, a handful of Obama's oldest friends and associates will start judging proposals from two Chicago universities and one each in New York and Honolulu. By the end of March, Obama and the first lady will announce the winner.

Knowing the future library will be a prominent tourist attraction and historical site, each community is offering Obama prime real estate, financial backing and grand visions for what his library could look like.

The Barack Obama Foundation has requested specifics on a host of items, including local zoning and transportation, architectural design and management plans.

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