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The jockeying for the Obama presidential museum has begun

President Obama has more than two years left in the White House, but that hasn't stopped a scramble over the possible location of his presidential library from starting.

Officials in Chicago, where Obama has lived for decades, which he represented in Congress and refers to as his home, held a public hearing Thursday on if, and how, the state of Illinois should contribute.

An Illinois House committee approved a plan that would give $100 million in state money to the construction of an Obama presidential library in Chicago, according to the Chicago Tribune. The house executive committee voted unanimously to approve the measure.

It now goes to the full House.

President Obama waves as he arrives on Air Force One, on April 2, 2014, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., as he returns from Chicago where he attended Democratic National Committee events. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

"The state of Illinois will spend over $1 billion in construction this year alone, so $100 million is not out of line,” Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan said. “It's clearly a good investment for the future.”

The Barack Obama Foundation announced last month that it would start taking information from cities interested in housing the museum.

The possible cities include Honolulu, where Obama spent part of his childhood, and New York, where he lived for a number of years. Columbia University, the president's alma mater, has said it is interested in housing the museum.

The University of Chicago, Chicago State University and University of Illinois-Chicago are also jockeying for the museum.

Katie Zezima is a national political correspondent covering the 2016 presidential election. She previously served as a White House correspondent for The Post.



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