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CHICAGO — The City Council approved an ordinance Wednesday that would allow park land on the city's South Side to be used as a site for Barack Obama's presidential library.

The measure transfers control of two pieces of park land to the city, and makes about 20 acres available for use from either Jackson Park or Washington Park. It was crucial to the University of Chicago's bid for the library.

The measure passed with no opposition, as the council sought to send a clear message that all were backing the city's attempt to land the library.

Others bidding for the library are the University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University in New York, and the University of Hawaii.

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Obama says that he hopes his presidential library is built in Chicago, but there are ''some entanglements.''

The Chicago Tribune reported in an editorial that Obama made the comments Saturday at the Gridiron Club dinner in Washington.

Some believe Obama was referring to control of the park land.

Associated Press