When then State Senator Barack Obama left the Illinois legislature, someone put his desk and chair into storage. He later became President. And now Senate President John Cullerton wants to keep the artifacts to donate to an Obama museum and library he hopes will be in Chicago. Cullerton has convinced a Senate committee to go around the usual procedure for disposing of state property.
"Rather than sell his seat (pause and laugh), someone tried that in the past and it didn't work out so well, so I think we should donate it."
The usual law only allows donations if the property is older than forty years. Lawmakers are also considering committing $100 million dollars to lure Obama's presidential library to Chicago.
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