- Associated Press - Saturday, April 19, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn is throwing his support behind a proposal to spend $100 million in state funds to sweeten Chicago’s bid for the Obama presidential library and museum.

The state is grappling with budget woes, but Quinn said Saturday the spending would be “an important investment.”

He pointed to the state’s financial support for the Lincoln library in Springfield, saying “it’s paid tremendous dividends in terms of tourism.”

The measure passed a House committee Thursday after Democrats used a procedural maneuver to record a 9-0 vote even though none of the committee’s four Republican members was there. one Republican lawmaker is protesting.

Asked whether the vote should be retaken, Quinn said that was a matter for the Legislature, adding both houses will ultimately have a chance to vote on it.


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