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Six locations across US bid for Obama library

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - At least six locations in three states have submitted bids for President Barack Obama's presidential library.

Monday was the deadline for bids to host the Obama Presidential Library. Locations in Chicago, Honolulu and New York City are being proposed. Here in Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago is submitting a total of three sites, several of which are on the South Side.

Another possible location in Chicago would be the old Michael Reese Hospital in Bronzeville. All see the library and museum as a potential driver of economic development. The University of Chicago cited a study it commissioned that concluded the library would draw 800,000 visitors a year and create 1,900 permanent jobs.

"We believe this could be an historic moment for the South Side," said Susan Sher, a senior adviser to University of Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer and the woman who is coordinating the school's push for library.

Columbia University in New York and the University of Hawaii are also offering up some prime real estate.

Hawaii's bid is being led by the University of Hawaii and backed by the state. The library would sit on oceanfront property in Honolulu, but the university said it would be willing to share the library and museum.

"Hawaii is prepared to host the Obama Presidential Center in its entirety or to partner with another site to help the president create an institution with two campuses and a unified mission," said David Lassner, president of the University of Hawaii System.

Columbia's bid would put the library on its new Manhattanville Campus in West Harlem.

The Obama Presidential Library Foundation is expected to make a final decision next year.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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