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The Obama Library is Off to a Rocky Start

Protesters interrupted a hearing concerning the Obama Library, "demanding a community benefits agreement ahead of today's vote on [the] Obama Library in Jackson Park."

By NTK Staff | 05.17.2018 @12:31pm
The Obama Library is Off to a Rocky Start

Protesters interrupted the Chicago Plan Commission over opposition to Former President Barack Obama’s library being built in Chicago’s Jackson Park on Thursday.

The Commission was voting on a resolution, “recommending a proposed ordinance authorizing a long-term ground lease of approximately 19.3 acres of land within Jackson Park to The Barack Obama Foundation for the construction, operation and maintenance of the Obama Presidential Center.”

Protect Our Parks Inc. filed a lawsuit on Monday attempting to block the Obama Presidential Center from being built in Jackson Park.

The Chicago Tribune reported:

“A federal lawsuit filed by a Chicago nonprofit in an attempt to block the Obama Presidential Center from being built in Jackson Park accuses organizers of pulling an “institutional bait and switch” by shifting the center’s purpose away from being a true presidential library.”

“Protect Our Parks Inc. also claims in its lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court on Monday, that the Chicago Park District and the City of Chicago don’t have the authority to transfer public parkland to nongovernmental entity such as the Obama Foundation.”

WGN-TV reporter Tahman Bradley tweeted about the protest:

According to CBS Chicago’s Mike Puccinelli, the protestor was “demanding a community benefits agreement ahead of today’s vote on [the] Obama Library in Jackson Park.”

The Chicago Tribune‘s Lolly Bowean reported:

The Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) would “ensure that jobs and economic development sparked by the center benefit those of us who already live in the community.”

Obama did not attend the meeting but did send a video message to the Commision about the library.

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