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Durkin says Obama library unaffordable for Ill.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The top Republican in the Illinois House is criticizing Democrats for a plan that would put $100 million in taxpayer funds toward a presidential library for Barack Obama.

Minority Leader Jim Durkin of Western Springs says it's "ironic" that Democrats have been threatening cuts in education and state services if a temporary income tax increase isn't made permanent this year. He wonders where money for a library would come from and says the state can't afford it.

A House committee controlled by Speaker Michael Madigan -- a Chicago Democrat -- voted to move the proposal forward last week when no Republicans were present. Committee member Rep. Ed Sullivan, a Republican from Mundelein (MUHN'-dih-lyne) planned to protest that vote Monday.

 Madigan has said the money would not come from operating funds.
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