Category: Obama

The Obama Center's rape of Chicago's lakefront

As a life-long Chicagoan, I never imagined that I’d see anyone get away with building skyscraper in one of the city’s precious lakefront parks. Worse, I never thought that the news of the scarring of a lakefront park would be greeted with such a chorus of cheers by so many people who should delight in and brag... Read more »

Will a progressive Mayor Lightfoot move the Obama Center out of Jackson Park?

She should, if she wants to be considered a true progressive. She’d also pen a Community Benefits Agreement to ensure the Obama Center shares jobs and contracts with the depressed nearby neighborhoods. A few true progressives from the start have objected to the gigantic structure’ site in historic, lakefront Jackson Park. But too many have abandoned their... Read more »

Not so fast, Obama. Your Jackson Park center faces an important legal hurdle

A federal judge has green-lighted a non-profit’s lawsuit against the Obama center despoiling Jackson Park, handing all Obama’s horses and men’s combined legal effort an unexpected challenge to snuff out the opposition. U.S. Judge John Robert Blakey‘s ruling allows Protect Our Parks’ lawsuit to proceed to trial on the key issue: Whether the center’s construction in the park violates... Read more »
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Building the Obama Center in Jackson Park is bad public policy

We have to say it again. Protect our Parks and other opponents of the Obama Center’s land grab in historical Jackson Pamark are not against the center. Rather, they believe that building it in Jackson Park is not just illegal, but bad public policy. It ought to go elsewhere; there is no shortage of better sits.... Read more »

Dan Ryan: Gone, but forgotten

Who is Dan Ryan to have a Chicago expressway named after him? Does anyone younger than 70 have a clue about who this jamoke is? That’s basically the question that Chicago mayoral candidate Billy Daley was asking when, in a brazenly transparent grab for black votes, he suggested that the Interstate highway on the South Side... Read more »

Will Barack Obama pull the plug on the Obama Presidential Center?

The [Obama Foundation] may only be willing to fight for this for so long. Then we’re back to where we were–begging businesses to come to our community” –Paraisia Winston, a South Side resident expressing fears that legal challenges will make Obama build his center elsewhere, as reported in the Chicago Tribune. As the challenges to the Obama... Read more »
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Chicago investigative reporters give the Obama Center a pass

Chicago has been and still is a great town for investigative reporters. Its newspapers have won numerous awards for exposing the town’s assorted and impressive numbers of booddlers, goniffs and teefs. Splendid investigative reporting also is done by television, radio and the new digital media. But when it comes to exposing the wrongs and illegalities of... Read more »

The beam in Barack Obama's eye

“Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.” — Matthew 7:1-5 “Appealing to tribe, appealing to fear, pitting one group against another, telling people that order and security will be restored if it weren’t for those... Read more »

Obama Center bleeds Chicago and Illinois taxpayers

Higher taxes and money from bankrupt Chicago and Illinois are the price of ripping up Jackson Park for the private Obama Center and two gentrified golf courses. It’s bad enough that public parkland is being confiscated for the private use of former President Barack Obama’s “Center” (it’s not a presidential library) to spread around his... Read more »
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Civic group: Obama Center process violates environmental laws

In a scathing letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration, the non-profit Jackson Park Watch has detailed the many ways that the proposed Obama Center violates portions of America’s most important environmental protection law. The letter uses such terms as fatally flawed, disingenuous, improbable and others to describe how the city has tossed aside a number of technical... Read more »
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