The University of Illinois at Chicago is preparing a response to a request for qualifications for hosting the Obama Presidential Library, received today from the Barack Obama Foundation.
UIC Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares issued the following statement:
“As Chicago’s only public research university, and as a comprehensive health sciences center, UIC has a public mission that parallels the Obama agenda of social justice. In our community, and for all humankind, this young campus has shared a destiny with the Obama Presidency’s aspirations and legacy – to rebuild community, innovate in health care delivery and methods, and serve an increasingly diverse America.
“Moreover, UIC offers four buildable sites on campus, at the center of the region’s global transportation hub for public transit and air, rail and interstate travel that will make the Obama Presidential Library easily accessible to the widest audience.”
Allen-Meares noted UIC’s proximity to the Loop’s cultural resources, as well as the university’s history of engaged research and service to the adjacent communities of the Near West Side, Lawndale, Little Italy, Greektown and Pilsen.
Responses to the request for proposals must be received by the foundation by June 15. A request for proposals is expected this summer.