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Battle over Obama Presidential Library heating up

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - The battle over plans to bring the Barack Obama Presidential Library to Chicago is heating up in a big way. Supporters claim the library will bring new jobs and energy to the city. But others say it could be a waste of tax dollars and time.

Officials with the University of Chicago say the $220 million library could be an economic boom for the city and the Hyde Park community. They say the project would bring more than 2,000 permanent jobs to the city.

According to research done by the university, the library would potentially bring more than 800,000 visitors to Chicago.

But protestors say it would be a bad idea to bring the library to an area where there are "more bullets than books." The group in opposition of bringing the library to Chicago has been protesting near 57th and Maryland all week. They say they would rather see a trauma center built in the area.

"People are getting shot on 51st, over by the high school, then shot on 46th and Drexel. I'm just saying, if they want to have the Obama library, they need to meet with the community needs first," one protestor said.

Chicago is one of three cities vying for the chance to be the home of the Obama Presidential Library. The other cities being considered are New York and Honolulu.

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