Many people know that President Reagan was born Illinois and lived here while growing up.
Few know that Reagan lived in Chicago.
Most think of his downstate homes, his birth home in Tampico and his childhood home in Dixon, Illinois.
Few are aware that Reagan lived only a few short blocks from the home of the current president, President Obama.
In 1915, Reagan's father brought his family to a cold water flat at 832 E. 57th Street, Chicago, in the Hyde Park neighborhood. Reagan's first memories are from this humble building.
The University of Chicago Medical Center plans to level the flat and replace with a grassy strip bording a new parking lot.
This at the same time that the University of Chicago is lobbying to have the future Presidential Library of Barrack Oba
One president gets a grassy strip and the other, whose historical value is far from being determined, already is having monuments and Presidential Libraries being planned.
This is kind of like Reagan getting little credit for the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War and President Obama getting a Noble Prize for showing up.
Is the University of Chicago a place of higher learning or a center for supposed hope and change?