The Barack Obama Presidential Center Moves Forward

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A recent federal court ruling permits Barack Obama’s $500 million presidential center in Chicago’s Jackson Park to move forward. After hearing more than an hour of arguments, the judge dismissed the lawsuit from a preservationist group that objected to the use of historic public parkland. US District Court Judge John Robert Blakey — the same judge who had previously argued that the plaintiffs had standing to sue — dismissed the case on June 11 and issued a 52-page opinion calling the park advocacy group’s arguments unconvincing. “Plaintiffs attempt to twist this public benefit into a private purpose,” alleging the planned center only “seeks to preserve and enhance the legacy of the former President and his wife,” Blakey found. According to the Chicago Tribune, long term observers of the case were surprised by the decision.

Preservationists opposed the plan based on the proposed site’s use of land on the…

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