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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 »

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 »

Where are the defenders of Chicago's parks?

Two huge assaults on Chicago’s historic park system are under way and who the hell seems to care? There’s the combination of two public, historic and affordable golf courses–South Shore and Jackson Park–into a single, high-end, probably expensive courses designed by Tiger Woods that will most likely shut out the the Chicagoans who can’t afford to... 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 »

Great journalism about Chicago's parks in the Chicago Tribune

The good thing about this story (“In Jackson Park, private money begins to reshape a public jewel,” by Kathy Bergen) is that it isn’t the exception, but rather typical of the Chicago Tribune’s efforts to bring its readers some top-notch journalism. This exploration of the issues facing the Chicago parks excels in several respects: It’s news:... Read more »
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