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  1. #1 Federal lawsuit accuses Obama center organizers of pulling an 'institutional bait and 
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    DonViejo (42,980 posts)

    Federal lawsuit accuses Obama center organizers of pulling an 'institutional bait and switch'

    Source: Chicago Tribune

    By Tony Briscoe
    Chicago Tribune

    A federal lawsuit filed by a Chicago nonprofit in an attempt to block the Obama Presidential Center from being built in Jackson Park accuses organizers of pulling an “institutional bait and switch” by shifting the center’s purpose away from being a true presidential library.

    Protect Our Parks Inc. also claims in its lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court on Monday, that the Chicago Park District and the City of Chicago don’t have the authority to transfer public parkland to nongovernmental entity such as the Obama Foundation.

    It has long been expected that the Park District would sell the land to the city for a nominal amount and the city would enter into a long-term lease with the Obama Foundation. The lawsuit, which also names three Chicago-area residents as plaintiffs, argues that such a maneuver would violate state law and represents “a short con shell game, a corrupt scheme to deceive and seemingly legitimize an illegal land grab.”

    “The City and Park District clearly realize and fully understand that this established law precludes the Park District from arbitrarily transferring possession, use and control of this dedicated ‘open, clear and free’ public parkland in Jackson Park to a private nongovernmental … entity’s self-determined use,” the complaint says.

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    Of course he doesn't want a 'Presidential Library". Why would he want one? It seems to me he looked at the Presidency as one big party consisting of gourmet food, concerts, basketball games and one party after another with the emphasis on inviting as many celebrities as possible. His "Presidential Center" is just an extension of that. And if I remember right he wants prime real estate for a song.
    VMA131Marine (1,930 posts)

    1. And who is Protect Our Parks Inc exactly?

    Well none of the news stories elaborate on this point and there doesn't seem to be any website for the group so don't blame me for concluding that Protect Our Parks Inc is a RW astroturf group set up specifically to obstruct and delay the construction of the Obama Center.

    Correction: there might be a website, but it's been dormant since 2015.

    marble falls (15,234 posts)

    3. I'll bet all three "plaintiffs" are white male GOP who haven't been in a park in years....

    Scratch that. Just a bunch of tree huggers who don't seem to know any people of color. Saving parks is a good idea but most Presidential Libraries are closer to being parks than commercial exploitation of commons.

    They're dead wrong about this one.
    LisaM (22,408 posts)

    5. The Sun Times has a better explanation.

    It was originally going to house a library (now it's not), and the boundaries of the approved project have moved. Moreover (this is my assessment) the proposed building is FUGLY.

    And from the Cook County Record, which discusses public taxes being used for this:

    One of the plaintiffs is Charlotte Adelman, who is a known conservationist:
    Sounds like bait and switch to me. The Obamas have always acted as if they are 'owed'. This seems to be no different.

    Sunlei (21,588 posts)

    10. Jackson park will remain-PICTURE. Obama stated that he really wants to make sure that violence isn't

    Obama stated that he really wants to make sure that violence isn’t the only thing making headlines in Chicago. “It’s going to be a transformational opportunity for this community,” he said. “It’s not just a building. It’s not just a park, but hopefully, this ends up being a hub where all of us can see a brighter future for the South Side.”

    Obama stated that he wanted to make an upgrade to Jackson Park and suggested bringing paddleboats to lagoons, basketball courts and winter activities to the campus. The plan is to close Cornell Drive in order to add the forum and athletic building. Obama is confident that closing Cornell Drive will not add to commute times. The goal is for the design to blend effortlessly with Jackson Park and the neighborhoods that surround it.
    Eliot Rosewater (16,141 posts)

    16. Fucking Obama, always trying to HELP not harm. Doesnt he know this is America

    and we, at least lately anyway, only want to hear ways to HARM others?

    Liberal justification for EVERYTHING. We're going to help so don't look at how we're doing it or what the consequences will be.
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    Why would Obama want ANY records of his presidency kept? It was one illegal act after another.

    The only redeeming quality of the "library" is that it would serve the community. The Obama library organizers should keep their promise to the community.
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