2 Chicago universities urge Obama to put library in city

CHICAGO (AP) — Two Chicago universities vying for Barack Obama’s presidential library are taking a break in the competition to send a message to the president: Pick either one but just don’t pick New York. At a “Unity Breakfast” on Monday, speakers took turns reminding Obama that Chicago is the “only” place for the library because it was in Chicago that the president’s political journey began as a community organizer. There was also a political feel to the event because Mayor Rahm Emanuel is running for re-election against Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. Speakers praised Emanuel for his efforts to convince the Obamas to select either the University of Chicago or the University of Illinois at Chicago for the library instead of the University of Hawaii or New York’s Columbia University.