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Chicago - Chicago Group Sues To Stop Construction Of Obama Center

Published on: May 15, 2018 11:30 PM
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FILE - In this May 3, 2017, file photo, former President Barack Obama speaks at a community event on the Presidential Center at the South Shore Cultural Center in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)FILE - In this May 3, 2017, file photo, former President Barack Obama speaks at a community event on the Presidential Center at the South Shore Cultural Center in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Chicago - A nonprofit group says the Obama Presidential Center shouldn’t be built in a Chicago park because it won’t be a true presidential library.

In a federal lawsuit filed Monday against the city of Chicago, Protect Our Parks Inc. accuses organizers of the planned library at Jackson Park on the city’s South Side of pulling an “institutional bait and switch” by changing the true nature of the center from a presidential library to a center that doesn’t house historic papers.

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The Obama Foundation has said it will host a digital archive of President Barack Obama’s records, but that paper documents will be stored elsewhere.

Chicago hasn’t specifically addressed the group’s argument, but in a statement it characterizes the lawsuit as a threat to a major economic boost for the South Side.



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 May 15, 2018 at 11:40 PM lazy-boy Says:

PU, hope he puts its in the center of the black ghetto in Chicago.

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 May 16, 2018 at 09:27 AM georgeg Says:

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lazy-boy Says:

PU, hope he puts its in the center of the black ghetto in Chicago.

The main point of the complaint is exactly that they are taking public park ("green space") away from the public and giving it to what is a private institution.You are right - if the Obama wanted to do something for the ghettos (in constrast to against the middle class) the center would have been placed exactly in the middle of the ghetto to "lift them up".

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 May 16, 2018 at 09:29 AM The_Truth Says:

The real library will which will house the original papers will be built in his hometown - Kenya!

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 May 16, 2018 at 11:48 AM Phineas Says:

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lazy-boy Says:

PU, hope he puts its in the center of the black ghetto in Chicago.

Why say things like that Just say yo think he was a bad president

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 May 16, 2018 at 12:43 PM abilenetx Says:

This sounds like the museum in Gaza that cost 11million dollars and they are still looking for something to put in it, for you know they have so much history it gets confusing. Same the Obama he has so much it is hard to decide with book he didn't write, papers he didn't write, speeches he didn't write in this new Obama library.

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 May 16, 2018 at 12:46 PM Duh Says:

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The_Truth Says:

The real library will which will house the original papers will be built in his hometown - Kenya!

Because most people over there can't read

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 May 16, 2018 at 05:21 PM Phineas Says:

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Duh Says:

Because most people over there can't read

Kenya age 15 and over can read and write total population: male: 81.1% female: 74.9% (2015 est.)

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 May 16, 2018 at 11:13 PM Look at his muslim face Says:

Typical Obama, bait and switch.

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