Category: Obama

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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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