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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 »

3 clouted mega projects that Chicago Mayor-elect Lightfoot should throttle

 Terminal 2 at O’Hare International Airport. Lincoln Yards, Near North Side, $56-billion development. Obama Center‘s location in Jackson Park. These are urgent actions that Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot should take if she wants to bore into the heart of the Chicago Way. These are three multi-billion-dollar projects that best exemplify how big money and big clout have fashioned... 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 »
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Dahleen Glanton's racist Tribune column about the Obama Center

“Racism” is a word that’s too often tossed around these days, used primarily as a cudgel against anyone who doesn’t bow in subservience to far left dictates. Lord knows, it’s been applied to me often enough. So it was with some thought before I applied the label to a column by Chicago Tribune columnist Dahleen Glanton,... 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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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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