An ordinance authorizing the transfer of land in either Washington or Jackson Parks for the Barack Obama presidential library cleared a joint Chicago City Council committee Wednesday morning.
The measure, which now heads to the full city council for approval, would cover the transfer of either 20 acres of land in Jackson Park or about 21 acres in Washington Park. But the transfer, approved by the joint council committee on budget, housing and cultural affairs, would take place only if the University of Chicago is chosen as the host site for the library. The university proposed two potential locations for the Obama presidential library.
An announcement on the presidential library's chosen location will reportedly be on hold until after the April 7 Chicago mayoral runoff election. A decision was initially expected to be announced by the end of March.
In addition to U of C, the University of Illinois at Chicago, New York City's Columbia University and the University of Hawaii are also vying for the Obama library. UIC has a proposed a site in the North Lawndale neighborhood.