Category: Obama

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 »

Why the media silence on the Obama center travesty?

Except for Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass (“The Barack Obama Temple of Adoration and Fealty”)  and the paper’s editorial cartoonist Scott Stantis (“Parks we wreck”), the media have generally chosen not to probe the important questions about the serious policy, environmental and legal implications that bedevil the Obama Center. The media brushed aside a lawsuit by Protect Our... Read more »

Another reason why the Jackson Park give-away to the Obama Center is illegal and corrupt

In a previous post, I discussed the details, as outlined in a federal lawsuit filed by Protect Our Parks against the gifting of Jackson Park land to the Obama Center, violates local, state and federal law. As far as I know, this is the only place in the media that has attempted to dissect the... Read more »
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The give-away of public park land to the Obama Center is illegal

The laws are clear: Control of this public land in Jackson Park cannot be transferred to a private entity. Period. That’s exactly what the Obama Foundation and the supporters of the Obama Center want. The city and Chicago Park District have worked out a deal to transfer control of 19.3 acres of publicly owned Jackson Park... Read more »

Mr. Obama, keep your monstrous menhir out of Jackson Park

Mr. President, you’re supposedly not just a progressive, but a Chicago progressive, where protection of the city’s crown jewel–the lakefront and its parks–is a progressive axiom. Yet, here you are, pushing ahead in the face of community objections to jam your ugly presidential menhir into the city’s beloved Jackson Park and deface a pearl in Daniel Burnham’s magnificent plan... Read more »

The Obama Center: The mistake on the lake

The more I read about how wonderful the Obama Center (“don’t call it a library”) will be, the angrier I become. Not just because it is a mistake on the lake–violating the spirit if not the letter of Chicago’s Lakefront Protection Ordinance*–but also because it is sailing under the false color of being a symbolic,... Read more »
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Obama library site still a disappointment

Some of Chicago’s lakefront and park activists seem to have lost their voice when it comes to plunking the Barack Obama presidential library into a lakefront park. Friends of the Parks, which fought bravely and successfully against that Lucas Museum monstrosity on the lakefront farther north, has diplomatically said further study is needed before commenting on... Read more »

Is Trump nuts or is Obama a worse criminal than Nixon?

What is an American to do? Not in my 75 years have I witnesses such a storm of accusations and re-accusations flying back and forth, with little or no substantiation. Did Barack Obama, in his waning days as president, order the wiretapping of president-elect Donald Trump, as Trump asserts with no evidence? Did Trump inappropriately... Read more »

Obama, on his way out, still is asking for more money

Here’s what President Barack Obama is sending out the day before his farewell speech: Friend — Tomorrow, I’ll give my final address as President — so this is a major moment as we prepare for what’s ahead. What we do now determines how we’ll rebuild and reimagine our party, and how we will fight back... Read more »
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Donald Trump scorecard: He gets it right on Cuba.

…when he tweeted: If Cuba is unwilling to make a better deal for the Cuban people, the Cuban/American people and the U.S. as a whole, I will terminate deal. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 28, 2016 What did the Cuban ruling elite  get out of the deal? Money. Jobs. Recognition. What did America get out of... Read more »
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