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If Rahm Emanuel doesn't win his re-election bid to stay Chicago's mayor, it's all the more likely that New York City will end up home to Barack Obama's presidential library. In Chicago, a debate has erupted about whether it's okay to use city parkland for the structure. Incumbent Rahm's in favor; his challenger Jesus Garcia historically hasn't been, but has flipped his position. But his past opposition may make the committee inclined to go with Columbia, Obama's alma mater, and space in its expanded Manhattanville campus. A university spokeswoman told the News that the administration has had "detailed discussions with Columbia about its plans and is tremendously excited about the proposal." [NYDN; previously; Curbed Chicago coverage]

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