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Like it or not...it looks like they will build it

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Chicago slashes trees for Obama Presidential Center
By JONATHAN HILBURG (@JHILBURG) • August 14, 2018
Landscape Architecture Midwest News Preservation

The campus will feature hiking and biking trails that integrate with Jackson Park. (Courtesy Obama Foundation)
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Up to 40 trees, some of them decades old, were reportedly cut down in Chicago’s historic Jackson Park on August 6 as part of construction associated with the Obama Presidential Center (OPC) campus.
Despite a pending lawsuit and ongoing federal review, construction crews were reportedly spotted demolishing baseball fields in Jackson Park to make way for an OPC-funded track-and-field facility in the same spot. The new field is being constructed at a cost of $3.5 million to compensate the city and Chicago Park District for the current track and field that will be swallowed up by the 19.3-acre campus.
The $500 million campus, master planned by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, has already seen its fair share of pushback from the community since its unveiling in 2016. First, a controversial parking facility was moved underground after complaints that its presence would spoil the Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux-designed landscape and the accompanying Midway Plaisance. The buildings themselves were redesigned to sit within the park better the next day.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, OPC executives had pledged not to cut down any trees until the project had passed review and they had obtained the proper permits. However, this promise appears to have only counted work on the main campus, and not associated work. As The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) points out, the new field is inextricably linked to the main project and is tied to the OPC’s construction timetable.
When the Sun-Times asked about the discrepancy, Obama Foundation officials reportedly declined to confirm that the new field was part of the OPC, telling the paper that “the construction schedule put forward by the Chicago Park District ensures the new track will be ready for students and fall sports leagues.”
Additionally, the federal lawsuit filed in May by preservationist group Protect Our Parks was rebuked by lawyers from the City of Chicago and the Chicago Park District in June, who argued that as the City Council hasn’t given the project approval yet, any lawsuit was premature. The Chicago City Council won’t vote on the project until the fall, and no construction is supposed to occur until the twice-delayed federal review concludes. According to the Chicago Tribune, the groundbreaking for the campus has been pushed to 2019. No update has been given on whether this will change the projected 2021 opening date.
On August 8, TCLF delivered a letter with their concerns to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, a federal advisory body on historic preservation. The felling of the trees in a park listed in the National Register of Historic Places and what the Foundation feels is a lack of due diligence by the City of Chicago to look into the site’s archeological significance were addressed. AN will follow this story up as more news about the Center breaks.
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Barack Obama Presidential Center Chicago Cultural Landscape Foundation Olmsted & VauxTod Williams Billie Tsien Architects
 

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Good, we want to keep the good citizens of IL poor and under Democratic control. They're much too stupid to be allowed to keep any excess cash, much better that it goes to The Black Savior's library!

(How anyone can live like that is beyond me)
 
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I heard on the radio it's a no-go on every side.

I'll allow him to pitch a tent in the back corner of my prop where the gator lives.
 

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I heard on the radio it's a no-go on every side.

I'll allow him to pitch a tent in the back corner of my prop where the gator lives.
I heard on the radio it's a no-go on every side.

I'll allow him to pitch a tent in the back corner of my prop where the gator lives.
Why? Ya' can't possibly hate that gator that much.
 

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Federal judge hands Obama Presidential Center opponents a win
by Anna Giaritelli



A federal judge will let groups suing the Obama Foundation over its plans for a presidential center on Chicago’s South Side begin demanding information from the city of Chicago to determine how the site was selected for the project instead of other private properties.
In a hearing late Tuesday, District Court Judge John Robert Blakey agreed to let the plaintiffs, led by Protect Our Parks, obtain information from the city of Chicago and Obama officials on how it selected the site. The Barack Obama Presidential Center is being proposed on federal land that was deemed by the government in 2012 to be inappropriate for construction.
“The court hearing brought together a bunch of our supporters and it brought us closer,” Protect Our Parks President Herbert Caplan, told the Chicago Tribune. “It further motivates us to press on. We will keep doing what we’re doing.”

The Tribune said lawyers for groups opposing the project will be able to subpoena officials to learn more about the project.
Protect Our Parks, along with Charlotte Adelman, Maria Valencia, and Jeremiah Jurevis, in May sued to "bar the Park District and the city from approving the building of the presidential center and from conveying any interest in or control of the Jackson Park site to the [Obama] Foundation."
The organization stated that the University of Chicago's bid to house the building on historic park land that is protected by preservation laws would be a violation of federal and local policy. Protect Our Parks said public park land is "prohibited by law" from being handed over to a nongovernmental entity for private use, and that it would violate the park district code.

The Obama Foundation had originally proposed in 2015 having National Archives oversee the project when it was supposed to be just a library. But the project has evolved into the current $500 million development that wants to build a privately run, 23-story facility on protected land.
[Also read: Obama Presidential Center's groundbreaking date pushed back]
The lawsuit said it's an "institutional bait and switch," according to a copy of the complaint obtained by the Washington Examiner.
The Chicago City Council voted in June to allow 19.3 acres of Chicago Park District land in Jackson Park to be leased by the city of Chicago to the Obama Foundation. The park is near the Museum of Science and Industry, Lake Michigan and the eastern edge of the university campus, where Obama used to teach constitutional law.
The Obama Foundation has not disclosed how much it will have to pay for the land or why it selected the historic land instead of privately owned lots for sale. But two conservation experts with knowledge of the legal land transfer process told the Washington Examiner the city will charge Obama close to nothing for the land.
The lawsuit also stated the Park District does not have the right "to transfer valuable public trust land for virtually no compensatory return.”
While the legal case continues, the foundation is waiting on federal review by the Environmental Protection Agency, a requirement outlined under the National Environmental Policy Act and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.
The first verification process will determine if the Obama Presidential Center would have "adverse effects" on Jackson Park. The State Historic Preservation Office will ask "official consulting parties" to provide opinions on whether it would have adverse effects on the land.
"This isn’t just any public open space; this is historic parkland originally designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr., and Calvert Vaux (of New York’s Central Park fame),” one of the consulting parties, the Cultural Landscape Foundation, states on its website. The park system was designed in 1871, and Olmsted wrote in 1895 that the Museum of Science and Industry was intended to be the only "dominating object of interest" in the park.
The group is working alongside a number of others, including Friends of the Parks, Jackson Park Watch, Openlands, National Association for Olmsted Parks, Save the Midway, Landmarks Illinois, and Preservation Chicago, to prevent the foundation from building there.
In 2012, Jackson Park was at the center of another Section 106 compliance review, and officials decided it should not be touched.
The judge also said he will not stop the foundation from relocating a track field from where the Obama center is asking to be built to a different location, as preparation for the still-unapproved project.
As far back as January, orange dots on trees in Jackson Park were reported. The dots indicated those trees would be chopped down to make way for the existing track and field site, which was being relocated so the Center would be built on the current property.
As of early August, 40 of those 300 trees were reported by the Architect's Newspaper as having been chopped down to make room for the new track field.
But eight months ago, Obama Foundation CEO David Simas promised that until they obtained permission from the Interior Department that they were could proceed with the plan, "there will be no trees removed or cut down."
Photos of the Jackson Park baseball field showed it had been dug up in order to house the track field.
The foundation said last week its promise not to cut down trees was in regard to the 19.3 acres where the center will be built, not on the other park land where the track field is being moved.

The Cultural Landscape Foundation said the bigger issue is that the trees are only being cut down because they are part of a project connected to the center, despite saying otherwise earlier.
"If the Obama Foundation can’t be trusted on what 'no tree removed or cut down' means, how can they be trusted on their other assurances?” Charles Birnbaum, president and founder of D.C.-based nonprofit group the Cultural Landscape Foundation, said in a statement.
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/...nds-obama-presidential-center-opponents-a-win
 

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I think they should tax the shit out of those people and really do the Obama Outhouse up right.!!
 

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Latest On Obama Center Fiasco: Federal Funding, Our WSJ Article, A Court Win And More
August 16, 2018

Despite all the local and national stories about the controversial Obama Center to be built on Chicago’s Southside, nobody realized federal taxpayers will be reimbursing Illinois for 80% of the roughly $200 million the state appropriated for it. So, that’s what I emphasized in my Wall Street Journal article last week. Reactions were interesting, mostly expressing anger over Obama’s hubris and the arrogance of Chicago Machine power behind its construction, but first some background and new developments.

Model of Obama Center
The Center will not be a presidential library, as initially described. It will be run by the Obama Foundation and has a partisan political purpose — to “enhance the pursuit of [President Obama’s] initiatives beyond 2017,” As stated in he Original Request for Proposals.

Nor will the center be entirely funded with private money, as initially promised. Aside from federal and state money, the center may be supported by a property tax levy, which is detailed in the federal lawsuit filed by Protect Our Parks, a nonprofit organization. Finally, the center will be located on parkland leased to the Obama Foundation in perpetuity for $1.

It’s that giveaway of parkland that seems most annoying to the folks behind the lawsuit. From the legal complaint, it certainly appears state law was trampled on in a number of ways to get the parkland transferred. Mayor Rahm Emanuel called the lawsuit “frivolous,” and the city initially obtained a stay, allowing them to avoid even answering the suit.

On Tuesday, however, the federal judge lifted that stay, requiring the city to answer the complaint by October 22 and letting the plaintiffs proceed with discovery.

The judge did not, however, stop the city from removing trees and digging up baseball diamonds on land adjacent to the proposed Obama Center site. The baseball land will be used to replace a track and field facility displaced by the Obama complex. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit claimed that work violated an agreement to defer construction but the city claimed it was a separate matter, and began the work, as reported by the Chicago Sun-Times.

An architectural publication called that “Rahm’s Meigs Moment” — a reference to Mayor Richard M. Daley’s pre-dawn, surprise raid to tear down Meigs Field in 2003.

The Obama Foundation also release its annual financial report showing that it raised a record amount in 2017, $232.6 million. “It’s the biggest single year haul since the foundation was founded in January, 2014, when former President Barack Obama was still in the White House,” said the Chicago Sun-Times. Clearly, Obama could raise the money for his center privately if he tried.

Comments posted on the Wall Street Journal article (over 400 of them) are overwhelmingly opposed to the center and taxpayer funding for it. (One of my favorites was simply, “He didn’t build it.”) Emails I’ve received are likewise opposed.

It’s an interesting coalition of opposition.

Many opponents are conservationists upset over misuse of land in Jackson Park. You may think you’re not familiar with the park, but you’ve seen it if you’ve ever visited the Museum of Science and Industry. The park is directly south of the museum and the site for the center is on the western edge. It’s truly one of the finest urban parks in the nation if not the world.

Other opponents are focused on the clear misuse of taxpayer money. The center will be a political training camp — the Obama Foundation’s center of operations. Foundation operations and construction expenses are in fact indistinguishable because money is fungible.

Personally, I think the First Amendment issue is key. It’s one of the causes of action in the pending federal lawsuit. Taxpayer money used for partisan political purposes violates the “compelled speech” doctrine of the First Amendment. It shouldn’t matter whether you like Obama or not.

Interestingly, from the comments, graduates of the University of Chicago, which is next door, seem particularly incensed about the center. At least two of the people behind the lawsuit are U of C grads. A large group of faculty and other current members of the university community earlier voiced strong objections.

Many are upset that the university has failed in what they see as its de facto role as guardian of the architectural standards in the area and the values U of C has traditionally stood for.

Many are queasy about the close relationship between the university, Obama and the foundation, which is indeed murky. Perhaps discovery in the lawsuit will shed more light on that.

One U of C grad, M.H. Deal, emailed me saying the following:

The University of Chicago has always held itself out as an honorable institution with an historic, intimate relationship to its surroundings: Washington Park, the Midway, and Jackson Park. How naïve we all were to believe this! Alumni/ae and friends of UC should ‘unfriend’ it immediately. Put your critical thinking skills to good use. Demand full disclosure of UC’s hidden part in the Obama Foundation’s scheme to destroy Jackson Park. Withhold contributions until the ‘powers-that-be’ – Zimmer, Boyer, the board, etc. – fess up and vow to sin no more.

The bottom line is pretty simple. The center should not be in Jackson Park and taxpayers shouldn’t be contributing a dime.

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UPDATE 8/18/18: Herb Caplan, one of the individuals behind the lawsuit, today distributed this email, which is a good summary of the opposition’s viewpoint:

Now more than ever we have to educate and raise public awareness that (1) The Obama Center in ” JACKSON PARK HISTORIC LANDSCAPE DISTRICT AND MIDWAY PLAISANCE”, as it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is not and will never be a Presidential Library as originally advertised; (2) The Obama Center has become little more than a political clubhouse for pursuing Obama politics; (3) It will be maintained at public expense; (4) It will not create the fictional carrot of good paying jobs for the needy residents of nearby south side neighborhoods; (5) It has instead already attracted insider greedy land speculators that are only causing real estate prices to escalate and residential rents to double, driving out from their homes the very people Obama claimed he would be helping; (6) It is not discussed that it will actually be an extension of UChicago’s 1950’s Urban Renewal that transformed Hyde Park into the University image, and conversely helped advanced the corrupt block busting that devastated the previously stable south shore neighborhoods surrounding Jackson Park;. (7) The Obama Center as presently designed is just a corrupt public park land theft for private use, and another con game being played on the poor unsuspecting supporters of the project.

There are a number of deep hidden agendas that resulted in promotion of an Obama Center in Jackson Park, truths that media has to date failed to uncover. In the progress of the POP lawsuit POP plans to be leading the excavation.

*Mark Glennon is founder and executive editor of Wirepoints.
 

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September 18, 2018 12:07 PM
City to offer Obama Center 99 years in Jackson Park for $10
The proposed ordinance gets the center one step closer to becoming a reality in the historic park.
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The Obama Presidential site includes 19 acres in Jackson Park.
The Obama Foundation is poised to clear another hurdle in its quest to put its Presidential Center in Jackson Park.
The foundation will have limited 99-year term use for the Obama Presidential Center under a proposed land-use ordinance presented by the city's planning and development commission today. The ordinance goes before the City Council on Sept. 20, along with an ordinance that covers vacation and dedication of the roadways surrounding the planned presidential center.
Under terms of the agreement, the Obama Foundation will be responsible for maintaining and keeping in good repair the grounds and buildings, while the City of Chicago will own the buildings and grounds. By contrast, the 11 official Museums in the Parks all have agreements in perpetuity. The foundation will pay the city $10 for the 99-year agreement.
Execution of the ordinance hinges on the Obama Foundation meeting several requirements, among them demonstrating that it has ample financing to build the center, an estimated $350 million project, and that the center passes the required National Environmental Policy Act federal review. The review is underway and is now being handled by the National Parks Service, not the Federal Highway Administration.

The agreement likens the center to a museum in the park; however, it will not receive tax-based operating support or capital, as do the 11 official Museums in the Parks, according to the agreement.
The Obama Foundation will bear responsibility for maintaining and repairing the center’s buildings and grounds, at no cost to the city, and must comply with city residency and women- and minority-owned business requirements, as well as paying “prevailing” wage rates during the construction of the center.
The agreement answers several questions posed by opponents of the center’s location on 19.3 acres in Jackson Park, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. It brings the center one step closer to fruition, and comes on the heels of the city’s decision to halt the construction of an athletic field on one end of the park. Chicago Park District and city officials have said that the new field was long in the works and has nothing to do with the construction of the center.
While the construction work, which involved cutting down 40 mature trees, was “appropriate, prudent and in conformance with federal law,” the city is halting construction “in an abundance of caution and to allay any doubts about the intentions of the city in respect to the ongoing federal reviews,” according to Shannon Breymaier, deputy director of communications for the mayor’s office.
According to the land-use agreement, the Obama Presidential Center must offer free admission 52 days of the year and offer parking rates on par with rates at the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and the Museum of Science & Industry. The grounds surrounding the center must be accessible to the public during Chicago Park District hours; the center can use the center's green space and plaza for private events for no more than 15 days a year, and may not hold political fundraisers on the grounds.
The agreement also stipulates that the city reimburse the Obama Foundation, up to $75,000, for an environmental investigation of the property and "incremental remediation costs."
Regarding road closures and traffic reroutes around the planned center: Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld said that the proposed widening of Lake Shore Drive and Hayes will take place before Cornell and other roads are closed, to accommodate rerouted traffic flow around the center. Scheinfeld estimated a year and a half of construction, in phases, on the pertinent roads surrounding the center. Groundbreaking on the center is expected to begin next year.
The land-use agreement notes that the city “has a long history of establishing museums in the parks,” a notion that Obama Presidential Center opponents refute. “The truth is otherwise,” says Margaret Schmid, a co-founder of Jackson Park Watch. Schmid points out that the Field Museum was built on land donated by the Illinois Central Railroad, not on public parkland. Schmid also points to successful efforts that kept the Chicago Children’s Museum from being built in Grant Park.

Groundbreaking for the Obama Presidential Center was to begin this year, and has been pushed to next year. The center has several hurdles to clear before construction, including a required National Environmental Policy Act federal review. The National Parks Service is now the lead agency for the federal review, replacing the Federal Highway Administration. An advocacy group, Protect Our Parks, is also suing the city to prevent construction of the center in Jackson Park.
More:
For Chicago museums, it pays to be on public land
A challenge to the Obama Center reveals things we didn't know
Just why is the Obama Center heading to Jackson Park?
Will the Obama library really bring billions to Chicago?
 

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What's the matter? They couldn't find a site of a landfill to build on?
 

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Obama Presidential Center will pay just $10 for a 99-year lease as Chicago city council is set to approve plans that have angered community advocates

  • Center will be built in historic Jackson Park in Chicago's South Side
  • Obama picked the site to spur economic development in the hard-hit area
  • But community advocates question whether area will benefit economically
  • Critics point out that taxpayers will have to foot bill for changes to the roadways
  • Total cost of construction for center estimated to be at least $350million

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ar...lease-Chicago-set-approve-building-plans.html
 

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They are hoping to make an amusement park out of it to influence generations of children for years to come
 

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They are hoping to make an amusement park out of it to influence generations of children for years to come
Oh yeah. This is almost certainly going to be a commie-leftist youth indoctrination center. If they build it, somebody should drop a thousand pounder on it.
 

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Oh yeah. This is almost certainly going to be a commie-leftist youth indoctrination center. If they build it, somebody should drop a thousand pounder on it.
...Before they start filling it with young skulls full of mush. I remember that film, We Were Soldiers.... It was vividly brutal and hard to watch.
 

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God.

That movie had an incredible impact. I was by myself watching it in a theater.

When it was over, there were about ten old farts -- walking out in silence. Outside, they just sort of stood there. We all were looking at each other...

You could feel it.
 

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check out the punch line >>>>there is a hidden tax in the budget <<<<



CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago Park District is halting work on the relocation of a Jackson Park athletic field to build the Obama Presidential Center.
The situation is shining a spotlight on whether other promises made by the city, in pushing for the presidential center, have been kept.
CBS 2’s Political Reporter Derrick Blakley reports City Hall promised federal law was being followed as it tore down up to 40 Jackson Park trees to make room for the new athletic field, but the feds are not so sure.
The city now said, “In light of concerns expressed by federal agencies, the Chicago Park District will stop construction” until the feds give the green light, which watch dogs insist the city should have obtained in the first place.
“I think the city often blows it by moving too quickly,” stated Juanita Irizarry from Friends of the Parks.
Critics compare it to Mayor Daley’s bulldozing of Meigs Field, another city action hastily performed without federal approval.
“I believe the city has misrepresented the facts on every issue that’s come to public attention,” said Herbert Caplan from Protect Our Parks.
Caplan and Protect Our Parks is suing to stop the project.
CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports when it comes to taxes, the city lied, as well. The mayor originally said it would not cost taxpayers a dime.
“We knew that was ridiculous from the beginning,” said Irizarry.
Closing Cornell Drive and reconfiguring other roads will cost $174 million. Earlier this year, state lawmakers quietly approved a possible property tax hike, especially for the Obama Center.
Bob Fioretti, an attorney for Protect Our Parks, said there is a hidden tax in the budget, saying it is, “A museum tax that allows the Chicago Park District to fund operations of the Obama Center. Somebody’s not being truthful to the public.”
Late Tuesday the city announced an agreement with the Obama Center for a 99-year lease on the 20-acre Jackson Park site for $10.
Once it is built, the city would own the campus, but the center would pay to maintain it.
The lease agreement must be approved by City Council.
 

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Group suing to stop Obama Presidential Center criticizes new agreement over use of Jackson Park
  • LOLLY BOWEAN Chicago Tribune


Former President Barack Obama speaks at a community event on the Obama Presidential Center May 3, 2017, at the South Shore Cultural Center in Chicago. Environmentalists are criticizing an agreement over use of Jackson Park and are trying to halt construction.
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CHICAGO — Environmentalists suing the city of Chicago and the Chicago Park District to halt construction of the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park on Wednesday criticized a new agreement over use of the park, saying the revised terms were still not in the public interest.
And although the proposed user agreement, announced Tuesday, would give the city ownership of the $500 million campus, it does not justify construction in a public park, said Herbert Caplan, president of Protect Our Parks. Under the deal, the city will take ownership of the center for 99 years and lease it back to the Obama Foundation for $10.
"The provisions of (the) proposed new Obama Center ordinance, many laughable, try to patch all the holes in the old ordinance and give it a new paint job," Caplan wrote in a prepared statement. "The city wizards invent more magic."

Protect Our Parks also questioned the agreement's provision that the city pay for remediation costs arising out of environmental testing and make the land around the center ready for development. In the case of the center's underground garage, being built on landfill from the Columbian Exposition, the costs to taxpayers could be significant, the group said.
After months of silence on the matter, the Obama Foundation's top brass went on the offensive against the lawsuit for the first time to the Chicago Tribune's Editorial Board on Tuesday. In that meeting, the foundation's chief executive, David Simas, said the agreements with the city would ensure the facility falls under public control and serves a public purpose.
Simas pointed to two new ordinances, one of which outlines how ownership will be transferred to the city while the foundation will operate the center and maintain it. According to the proposed user agreement, the foundation has to demonstrate to the city that it has enough funding to build the campus. The foundation also has to create an endowment to ensure the facility can operate independently.
The foundation is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit. Instead, the federal lawsuit targets the city and the Park District and argues, among other things, that the city officials could not legally offer public park land for the project. The lawsuit calls the project an "institutional bait and switch," because it will be a center and not a library that will house former President Barack Obama's official archives.
Caplan answered the foundation's perspective on Wednesday.
"Who are they trying to fool," he wrote in an email rebuttal. He called the user agreement "their creative efforts to conjure up a new variety of their deceptive bait and switch and shell-game tricks."
Officials with the foundation declined to comment on Caplan's rebuttal, saying they voiced their opinions already.

The matter is scheduled to go back to court on Thursday morning.
Almost from the time the Obamas selected Jackson Park as the site for the center, it has revealed divisions between residents -- some along race and class lines.
The lawsuit has stirred memories of litigation that led Star Wars creator George Lucas to drop his plans for a Lucas Museum along Chicago's lakefront.
The City Council has approved much of the legislation related to building the center. But the project still has to finish a federal review process before any construction can begin.
On Monday, the city abruptly halted a separate construction project in Jackson Park that would have essentially made it easier for the center to be constructed without displacing athletic activities for a group of high school students. That project, which was paid for with a $3.5 million grant from the Obama Foundation and would have relocated a track and soccer field from one section of Jackson Park to another, will likely be the focus of the upcoming court hearing.
Also Wednesday, city lawyers, citing the decision to halt the relocation, urged Judge Robert Blakey to begin hearing the overall case in early November.
 

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God.

That movie had an incredible impact. I was by myself watching it in a theater.

When it was over, there were about ten old farts -- walking out in silence. Outside, they just sort of stood there. We all were looking at each other...

You could feel it.
Unc? you ever watch 'Charlie MoPic'? Little known Vietnam movie that reminds me of the vet I knew who was the only man to survive a 12 man recon mission after they were over run. He told me what he had to do to survive, way more graphic than this movie. He had to endure/do shit way beyond anything portrayed in the movies.

But I think C MoPic is worth a watch on a rainy day like today.

The thought of visiting Obamaland on shrooms is giving me flashbacks to bad trips I don't need right now.

Charlie MoPic Company.
 

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Looks like some of the liberals are against Obamaland now

'No You Can't.' From The Reader To Breitbart, Broad Coalition Rallying Against Obama Center
Here’s something you don’t see every day: Chicago’s progressive Readeraligned with conservative Breitbart. Both had articles Wednesday slamming the Obama Center to be built in Chicago’s Jackson Park.

And everybody in between, it seems, is upset with the proposed center for one reason or another. The community organizer has managed to inspire unusual unity:

• Fiscal conservatives worried about our insolvent state object to how some $200 million was quietly appropriated in Illinois’ recently enacted budget for roadways around the center. Federal taxpayers will reimburse Illinois for 80% of that money, which was the subject of our recent Wall Street Journal article.

• Local folks have long objected, claiming the Obama Foundation, which is building the center, isn’t directing enough jobs and benefits towards them. No surprise. When I visited the site a few weeks ago it looked like most of the work was being done by the usual Chicago union white guys. The Nation earlier criticized the absence of some form of community benefits agreement.

• Many University of Chicago graduates, who serve as de facto guardians of the architectural and intellectual standards of the neighborhood, don’t want a scar on the area. Some are behind the federal lawsuit now pending to stop construction.

• Believers of the rule of law say statutes were trampled on to cram authorization through, which is outlined in the legal complaint.

• First Amendment hawks like me object to use of taxpayer money and exceptionally valuable land for what will be a political training camp in part. A First Amendment claim is part of the lawsuit.

• Environmentalists and conservationists were particularly infuriated to see pictures of mature trees being mowed down for the center on land that’s supposed to be permanently dedicated as parkland.

• And everybody just seems fed up with all the lying, including the federal judge. It was originally pitched as privately funded, presidential library, but it’s neither. Recently, the city got the judge to allow it to continue mowing down trees on the parkland site based on the city’s claims that its work was separate from the center. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed a motion saying the city basically lied about that. Before that motion would be heard, the city turned tail and agreed to halt its work.

The judge, apparently unhappy with the city’s conduct, said Thursday he was “disappointed” with what it had represented to the court, and proceeded to issue an order helping the activists seeking to block the center. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, he set the next court hearing for Oct. 24, which will allow the activists to make a presentation to the judge before the City Council votes on the project — and they can use the discovery process to force the city to reveal information.

That City Council vote will be on a new ordinance that would, among other things, ratify a 99-year lease of the parkland for total rent of $10. The proposed ordinance basically puts lipstick on a pig, as opponents see things. See the rebuttal to the ordinance below by Herb Caplan, one of the University of Chicago grads behind the lawsuit.

*Mark Glennon is founder and executive editor of Wirepoints.

DOES CLAIMING THAT A HUMONGOUS 23 STORY TOWER AND CLUSTERED BUILDINGS TO BE BUILT IN AN HISTORIC PUBLIC PARK WILL BE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST MAKE IT SO ? – WHO ARE THEY TRYING TO FOOL.

In the face of a lawsuit challenging the legality of everything they have been doing, our soon to be departing Mayor and the City seem to be compulsively unable to see the public trust issues intrinsic to their destructive efforts to sacrifice priceless and irreplaceable dedicated lakefront public park land in the historic Jackson Park. It is telling however, that they have actually, inadvertently, admitted all the allegations of illegal conduct detailed in the Complaint filed against them by their creative efforts to conjure up a new variety of their deceptive bait and switch and shell game tricks.

The key to understanding what the City is now attempting to do is this: Instead of the Obama Center receiving the park land and owning the buildings outright, it will still construct and operate the Center in the public park; but under the new ordinance the City will now technically become “owner” of the intrusive 235 foot, 23 story Obama Center because the Obama Center will immediately transfer its ownership of the Center buildings to the City, BUT the City will immediately lease it back, surprise, to the Center together with the underlying public park land for its private use for 99 years for only $10 bucks. The City wizards invent more magic.

The provisions of proposed new Obama Center ordinance , many laugable, try to patch all all the holes in the old ordiance and give it a new paint job.

(1) Instead of approving construction of the originally promised Official NARA administered Presidential Library providing access to all the original documents and records of the former president (like all other Presidential Libraries) as described in the previous ordinance , the “Obama Center” is now to be approved as a so-called “museum” consisting entirely of the valueless personal knicknacks collected over the years by the former president and his wife, and a gathering place for the former president’s political supporters.

(2) Instead of an outright City and Park District gift of public property, potentially renewable forever , the proposed new ordinance “drastically” limits the gift , on paper, to just “99 years.”

(3) Instead of paying $ 1 dollar for the land, the new ordinance will raise that to an exhorbitant “$ 10 dollars”.

(3) Instead of the Park District being authorized by law to collect that hidden tax on the taxpayers of Chicago to pay for the maintenance and repair of the Obama Center facilities, which the City had secretly engineered as an amendment to the pre-existing statute, the new ordinance “claims” the Obama Center , now to be owned by the City, will not receive benefits of that tax , and as the “lessee” will “bear responsibility for maintaining and repairing the Center’s buildings and grounds”. But will it ?

(4) The City also has assumed an obligation to pay for “incremental remediation costs” coming out of the environmental investigation when they agree to provide a “site ready for development.” The risk to the City goes up exponentially when one remembers that the proposed Obama Center garage has to go underground on what is now landfill and where that landfill came from the Columbian Exposition. The City has not disclosed how much all that will cost, but the Obama Center knows because they have been soil testing for over a year now, and this is why the provision is secreted in the document.

The Mayor, the City , the Park District and the proposed Obama Center now have an opportunity to respect the public trust and serve a real public interest. The ideal solution to building an Obama Center on the south side and benefiting local residents has always been locating that Center on private land in a neighborhood needing investment and local development, not trashing a needed open, clear and free public park.

A wonderful example of how the location process could have been perfected can be seen in Englewood (https://blockclubchicago.org/2018/0...nt-englewood-lot-into-a-safe-community-oasis/) where the local Resident Association of Greater Englewood (RAGE) and the non-profit Chicago Cares have transformed abandoned lots to serve the needs of the community. Former President Obama could embellish rather than tarnish his legacy by following that example.
 

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Fundraising bonanza fuels Obama Foundation, top staffer earns whopping $862K

Former President Barack Obama meets with stakeholders and community members at the Obama Foundation’s headquarters in Hyde Park, Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 28, 2018. The meeting was called to provide an update on the Obama Center’s programming and a chance for the former president to thank the pre-selected group of community members. | Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times


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WASHINGTON — Two items jump out of the new Obama Foundation IRS filing released Tuesday: the foundation no longer identifies its megadonors and its executive director earned more than $862,000 in salary and bonuses in 2017.
This lack of transparency about contributors comes as City Hall is demanding the Foundation fund an endowment covering the building costs for the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park as part of the deal the City Council will vote on in November.
ANALYSIS​
The city is not promising to make the endowment details available to the public.
The IRS form 990, mandated annually for tax-exempt organizations, requires non-profits to list details about its highest paid employees and contractors.
Architects Billie Tsien and Tod Williams, who are designing the Obama Center, collected $4,963,525 in 2017. They were hired in June 2016 and paid $305,622 that year.
At 6 p.m. Thursday, the architects will deliver an update on the center designs at the Chicago Architecture Center Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Obama Presidential Center rendering. | Obama Foundation
The foundation paid $2.75 million to several communications firms, including the Washington-based SKDKnickerbocker, which provides public relations, digital design and other consulting services.
Top 5 Obama Foundation salaries
The filing lists the group’s highest paid officers and their compensation:
  • $862,055 for Executive Director Robbin Cohen. That includes a $300,000 bonus in 2017. She was not paid by the foundation in 2014, its first year. Her base salary is $662,055.
  • $614,636 for CEO David Simas
  • $378,519 for Chief Digital Officer Glenn Brown
  • $292,044 for Civic Engagement Vice President Michael Strautmanis
  • $256,903 for Chief Development (fundraising) Officer Jordan Kaplan
The payroll has grown from $173,214 in 2014 to $8.8 million in 2017, according to the 990. The foundation has offices in Chicago, Washington and New York.
Expenses totaled $21.3 million in 2017, the most ever, a jump from $4.9 million in 2016.
Evolving mission and programming
The IRS filing notes a mission change from past years, from developing the Obama Center to creating programs that “honor the legacy” of former President Barack Obama and “inspire” and “empower.”
In 2017, the foundation launched fellows programs and a variety of global forums and other international events.
The biggest Chicago event was a two-day “Inaugural Summit” last October with 500 attendees from 60 nations.
Endowment and disclosure questions
The Foundation must prove to the city that funding is in hand — either through cash or pledges — to cover the center’s construction costs, estimated at $350 million.
The Obama Foundation was created on Jan. 31, 2014. In the three previous 990s filed by the Obama Foundation, the names of major donors, their states of residence and the exact totals of the gifts were listed.
In the new filing, the foundation listed the mammoth donations but declined to say who made them.
The super-sized anonymous donations were listed as:
  • Four donations of $25 million each
  • Two donations of $24 million each
  • Two donations of $10 million each
  • One donation of Amazon stock worth $8.5 million
  • Two donations of $8 million each
  • Two donations of $5 million each
The foundation makes the names of donors public on its website but the site does not state the amount of their gifts or where they are from. The system is designed to obfuscate; only the broad range of the contribution is disclosed, and the top category is $1 million and up.
The matter of the endowment is just now coming into play, with the introduction last week of two ordinances the City Council must pass in order for the Obama Center development to advance.
Last week, the Sun-Times asked Planning and Development Commissioner David Reifman and Strautmanis if the endowment guarantees will be publicly disclosed. Neither said they would be.
The question I’m asking: what safeguards will the public have when it comes to certifying the endowment? Will it all be secret? That’s where we are headed.
A foundation spokesman, who did not want his name used, said, “The Foundation is committed to the highest level of financial accountability and transparency. In 2016 and years prior when President Obama was still in office, the Foundation decided to report in the 990 all donors who had contributed.
“At that time, our goal was to make crystal clear that Foundation donors would have no influence in the White House. Now that President and Mrs. Obama are private citizens, in accordance with established philanthropic practices, the Foundation has updated its policy to no longer include contributors on the 990 but will continue to update contributors on obama.org/contributors.”
Record fundraising
In 2017, the foundation had its best fundraising year, bringing in $232.6 million. That was revealed in its first-ever annual report, published in August. That’s because with Obama out of office, a self-imposed $1 million donation cap was lifted.
Fundraising expenses were $4.2 million, up from $1.1 million in 2016.
 

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I anxiously await the day this Kenyan Halfrican bastard is swinging in the breeze for all the damage he did to the fabric of America. For me its personal!
 

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Obama Foundation spent nearly $12 million on programming, $5 million on architects
The Obama Foundation hosts a pilot training session at the Marriott Marquis Chicago on Oct. 31, 2017, in order to provide budding community leaders with basic community organizing tools.
(Nuccio DiNuzzo / Chicago Tribune)
Lolly BoweanContact ReporterChicago Tribune

The Obama Foundation spent nearly $12 million on programming last year, including its star-studded international summit that brought leaders, elected officials and world-renowned activists to a two-day conference in the South Loop, newly released records show.
The foundation also spent about $5 million paying its architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien to design the Obama Presidential Center campus, according to tax documents that were filed Tuesday morning.

In August, the foundation released its first annual report, which offered a peek into how the organization is run and how it prioritizes its goals through spending. But the newly filed tax documents reveal more detailed information about how much the organization is paying its top brass, and how much it spends on programs and contracts.

In 2017, the foundation raised about $232 million in contributions from private donors. It spent the bulk of its income — about $21.3 million — on operations, salaries and programs, the tax documents show.

According to the records, in his first year overseeing the foundation, CEO David Simas earned $590,651. His salary is nearly twice what the CEO of the George W. Bush Foundation earned in 2016, the last year available.

The executive director of the foundation, Robbin Cohen, earned $827,834 last year, the documents show. Cohen has worked for the foundation since it was founded and worked for free the first year.

The Obama Foundation is responsible, among other things, for overseeing the development and construction of the Obama Presidential Center — a sprawling campus made up of three buildings on the South Side. The project has drawn national attention because it could transform struggling, lower-income communities by creating jobs, attracting tourists and possibly sparking more investment.

But the project has stirred emotions and revealed deep divisions in the community among racial and class lines.

A small group of environmentalists has filed a lawsuit hoping to kill the project and keep it from being constructed in Jackson Park. A collective of activists is also pressuring the foundation to sign a legal contract guaranteeing a rental assistance fund, property tax freezes for homeowners and a majority number of jobs for residents who currently live near the proposed site.

From the time it was announced, officials with the foundation said the Obama Presidential Center would be unlike any other. And in 2017, the group began rolling out programming to demonstrate how it would tackle its mission to “inspire, empower and connect people to change their world.”

The foundation has created a fellowship program and a scholarship for graduate students at the University of Chicago and Columbia University in New York. It has hosted public meetings and leadership training events across the country.

But in its first year, the foundation’s largest event was a summit that drew more than 500 thought leaders and innovators from Houston; Jakarta, Indonesia; London; and even Kenya and Mexico to the South Side. The conference had sessions both by former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama.

At the event, during his opening remarks, Barack Obama told the gathering that he wanted to bring all of the attendants to the South Side, where he started his work as an organizer.

The foundation was created in 2014, but Obama did not actively raise funds while he was in office and capped donations at $1 million. Last year was the first year that the foundation began aggressively fundraising.

Obama’s center is expected to cost $500 million and is expected to be completed by 2021. The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum cost $250 million to build and was constructed in 30 months, records show. The William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum cost $165 million to build and was constructed in 36 months.

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The Obama Foundation’s Financials Don’t Match Its Rhetoric
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DANIELLE HOLLY | October 1, 2018



Press Conference at City Hall Called by the Community Benefits Agreement Coalition Chicago Illinois 4-19-18,” Charles Edward Miller
September 25, 2018; Chicago Tribune
The Obama Foundation released its 2017 financials early last week, providing an in-depth look at the organization’s priorities and the extent to which they match—or in this case, don’t match—the overarching narrative that the Foundation has been telling its Chicago South Side neighbors.
The Foundation has caused significant controversy over the past year, with Chicago’s public sector and activist groups raising questions on whether the Presidential Center at Jackson Park, the Foundation’s most significant project, will truly be of public benefit or simply a force for elitism and gentrification in Chicago’s South Side. Those flames were fanned again last week when the Foundation’s Form 990 filing revealed skyrocketing executive compensation, with Executive Direct Robbin Cohen making an outsized $827,834 annually, and with a fundraising bonanza of unknown—and therefore to many suspicious—origin.
One should look at this compensation a few different ways. Prime among them are:
  • Does it conform to the compensation of like organizations—in this case, presidential libraries?
  • What mission message does the compensation send to the community, which here includes a relatively low-income neighborhood concerned about gentrification?
A compensation comparison among other presidential libraries was done five years ago and reported that some directors have earned more than $600,000.That said, the 2016 Form 990 report from George W. Bush Foundation shows the Obama Library CEO’s compensation to be twice the highest there.
In the first full year of concentrated fundraising, the Foundation raised over $230 million, representing a significant leap from the $13 million in 2016. Alongside that leap, the Foundation decided to make its mega-donors anonymous. While the shielding of donors is not uncommon practice, the shift comes at a time when the Foundation is under fire from local residents for a lack of transparency and partnership with local leaders. Now, without knowing who the Foundation’s top donors are, it’s hard to understand what interests and investments might be at play.
The Foundation’s explanation of this—by an anonymous spokesperson—falls flat.
At that time [prior to 2017], our goal was to make crystal clear that Foundation donors would have no influence in the White House. Now that President and Mrs. Obama are private citizens, in accordance with established philanthropic practices, the Foundation has updated its policy to no longer include contributors on the 990 but will continue to update contributors on obama.org/contributors.​
Community and institutional residents of Chicago’s South Side, where the Foundation is building its most significant project—the Presidential Center in Jackson Park—are concerned that the Obama Foundation will accelerate gentrification to the low-income neighborhood. Community residents have demanded a community benefit agreementand City Hall has requested an endowment to cover costs and place the park in the public’s hands, neither of which have been granted to date.
While the Obama Foundation has responded that its primary focus is to enrich the economic and social development of South Side residents—starting a fellowship program in partnership with the University of Chicago, including a public library branch, and ensuring that its employing and contracting with women and people of color—the snapshot of where the Foundation’s expenditures are being focused doesn’t support that story.
Now, 2017’s financials reflect a moment from nine months ago, and it’s possible that the Foundation has shifted expenditures into more direct, community-benefiting activities in response to community pressure. Still, the core philosophy that the Foundation has put forth—in a lack of transparency and excessive executive pay—will likely stick for longer than its fiscal year in both its culture and in the minds of the public that it is purportedly designed to serve.—Danielle Holly
 

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Four donations of $25 million each
Two donations of $24 million each
Two donations of $10 million each
One donation of Amazon stock worth $8.5 million
Two donations of $8 million each
Two donations of $5 million each
Who would make donations of 25 million? Seriously? 4 people made donations that big and 2 more made them for 24 million? The only ones I can think of that owe him that bigly are solar yon and the insurance companies whose stock skyrocketed after Obamacare got passed.
 

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Lawsuit To Halt $500 Million Obama Library May Proceed, Judge Rules
A federal judge in Chicago ruled on Tuesday that a lawsuit aimed at scuttling President Obama's $500 million library may proceed, according to the Associated Press.



Dubbed an "ugly waste of taxpayer resources" by angry Chicagoans, the presidential center slated for construction in a park beside Lake Michigan may be in jeopardy after Judge John Robert Blakey denied the city's motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Protect Our Parks.

Supporters of the project had hoped the court would grant a city motion to throw out the lawsuit by Protect Our Parks, some fearing any drawn out litigation might lead Obama to decide to build the Obama Presidential Center somewhere other than his hometown.
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Blakey’s ruling doesn’t mean the group will necessarily prevail in the end, but confirms that the suit poses a formidable threat to the project. The judge indicated that he doesn’t want the litigation to drag out, and that he would strictly limit any fact gathering leading up to trial to 45 days. -Associated Press
While originally slated to open in 2021, ground has yet to be broken on the project due to the ongoing litigation in which Protect our Parks accused the city of illegally transferring park land to The Obama Foundation, a private entity. The group claims this was effectively "gifting" prized public land to a longstanding crony of Chicago politicians.

"Defendants have chosen to deal with it in a classic Chicago political way ... to deceive and seemingly legitimize an illegal land grab," reads the lawsuit.



The Chicago City Council approved the project in a 47-to-1 vote last May, with the Chicago Park District selling the land to the city for $1 before it was "gifted" to the Obama foundation. Moreover, Illinois legislators made an exception to the state's no-development rules by amending the Illinois Aquarium and Museum Act to include a "compelling public interest" provision.

The Obama Foundation, a private nonprofit, would pay $10 to the city for use of the park land for 99 years, cover the costs of building the complex and be responsible for covering operating costs for 99 years. Once built, the Obama Presidential Center’s physical structures would be transferred to the city for free, meaning the city would formally own the center but not control what happens there. -Associated Press
"They are essentially giving (property) to Obama ... for 10 cents a year for 99 years," says Mark Roth a parks advocacy lawyer.

Filing a "friend-of-the-court" brief, legal scholar Richard Epstein argued that authorities must meet an additional burden of proving an overwhelming public benefit in their decision to offer the use of public parks to "well-connected figures such as Obama," writes AP - noting that the city's Mayor Rahm Emanuel once served as Obama's White House chief of staff.

That said, the Obama library scored a win, after Judge Blakey tossed out a complaint that taxpayers' First Amendment rights would be infringed because taxpayer money would be used for the reconfiguration of roads and traffic - and that public funds should not be used to subsidize any potential partisan political activity by Obama at the center.

City lawyers conceded Thursday that Chicago would pay an estimated $175 million to reconfigure roads to manage traffic around the center.
The lawsuit also claims that the center would interfere with migrating butterflies and birds.
City lawyers said Protect Our Parks misread the law, misrepresented how the approval process played out and exaggerated potential environmental disruptions.
The center would comprise 20 acres (8 hectares) of the 500-acre (202-hectare) park. Its centerpiece would be a 225-foot (69-meter) museum tower, surrounded by a cluster of smaller buildings, including a 300-seat auditorium. -Associated Press
According to lawyers for the city, the center would create 5,000 jobs during construction and more than 2,500 permanent positions, with an estimated 760,000 people visiting each year.
 

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Obamaland supporters now play the race card...who would have thought?


The one unspoken issue at the heart of Obama center opposition — race
A group of protesters outside of City Hall before a presentation at the Chicago plan commission regarding the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago on Thursday, May 17, 2018. (Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune)
Dahleen GlantonContact ReporterChicago Tribune

Let’s stop tiptoeing around what’s going on with the Obama Presidential Center.
We all know that from day one, some people have been dead set against the project going up in Jackson Park. And while they insist otherwise in public, they would rather see the presidential center die if they don’t get their way.
What might surprise you is that quite a number of them are our liberal white friends next door in Hyde Park. They talk a good game about inclusion and helping to advance the causes of African-Americans, but what they don’t say upfront is that there are conditions. They will do it as long as it does not inconvenience them.
Many of the opponents are unwavering purists, who simply don’t believe that anything belongs in Jackson Park other than what designer Frederick Law Olmsted envisioned nearly 150 years ago. They refuse to accept that Chicago has changed and so have the needs of many of the people who live around its parks.
Others simply don’t want to deal with the increased noise and traffic a thriving center would create. They want to play golf on Sunday mornings, just as they have done for years. They don’t want to have to detour around South Cornell Drive to get to work. They want to make sure those feral monk parakeets aren’t displaced.
I’m not saying the opponents don’t have genuine feelings for birds and trees and golf courses. What I’m saying is their concern for the well-being of the human beings who live on the other side of the park obviously isn’t as strong.
The priorities of many African-Americans on the South Side are much different and the stakes are a lot higher. They cannot afford to allow Barack Obama to walk away from the first major development to come to their neglected neighborhood in a lifetime. They desperately need the jobs, the access to educational opportunities and the economic development the Obama Center has promised.
The historic Jackson Park has long been a dividing line between the poor people of Woodlawn and the more affluent people of Hyde Park. The University of Chicago, with its history of supporting restrictive covenants and urban renewal, kept it in tact for decades.

Now with the presidential center comes an opportunity to bridge that gap. Building a library atop the dividing line could erase the barriers and allow everyone on the other side to prosper. But the folks who like things to stay the way they always have been aren’t buying it.
It isn’t that they don’t want to see African-Americans thrive. It’s just that they’ve convinced themselves that they know what’s best for black people, much better than black people know themselves. And in this case, black people would be better off if the Obama Center were built farther north in the predominantly African-American neighborhood of Washington Park.
Several people who don’t even live in Chicago are part of a lawsuit that, in essence, is holding a knife to the project’s throat. Tuesday, a federal judge gave the group, Protect Our Parks, permission to move ahead with that threat by allowing the lawsuit to move forward. That could delay the project for months, years or maybe forever.
Herbert Caplan, a white North Side lawyer who founded the environmental group, explained why Washington Park is a better fit for African-Americans.
“It's a location that acknowledges the African-American experience in Chicago. It's where African-American migrants lived ... it's where Obama worked as a community organizer,” he told the Tribune.
That’s a kind of entitled superiority that many African-Americans find condescending and degrading. It’s like someone who has never tried to walk in your shoes insisting that you’re wearing the wrong size.
This overt opposition to the Jackson Park site isn’t surprising, though. White people in Chicago, like the rest of America, have a long history of telling black people what is best for black people. They are, in fact, rationalizing what is best for them.
They are following a centuries-old script that ensures that they come out ahead, while the people whom they have deemed weak end up with nothing. It is a habitual and sometimes even unintended practice.
The reasons the Obama Foundation selected Jackson Park over the Washington Park neighborhood are clear. Its close proximity to the already established museum campus most likely would give it immediate success. If we were to be honest, many people simply would feel more comfortable going to Jackson Park than to Washington Park.

Herbert Caplan, of Protect Our Parks, which have emerged as the strongest opposition to the development of the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park, stands by Belmont Harbor, Friday July 13, 2018. Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune (Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune 2018)
A site near the Science and Industry Museum would attract more traffic than an isolated site in the heart of a community where many Chicagoans are often too afraid to venture. That has nothing factual to do with the good people who live in the community. It has everything to do with perceptions.
Without a steady and enduring string of visitors, the center would fail as an economic engine. At least in this underutilized portion of Jackson Park where the center would be built, there is a chance that wealth can begin to spread not just in the immediate area, but throughout the South Side.
African-Americans haven’t always been on the same page about where the presidential center should go. And that has been part of the problem, as well.
In our division over what promises Obama should make to the black community, we created an opening that allowed the opposition to slip in and take hold. As late as last year, Obama was still making trips to Chicago to convince African-Americans that his $500 million investment in the community is a good thing. That’s shameful.
On this issue, black people have to stand together or risk losing everything. It would also be nice if white people stopped acting like they know what’s best for black people and start treating African-Americans like they’re an important part of this city, too.
dglanton@chicagotribune.com
 

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^^^^^^^^^^ She's racist!

Reading this article she clearly states skin color is a huge reason it gets built.

It isn’t that they don’t want to see African-Americans thrive. It’s just that they’ve convinced themselves that they know what’s best for black people, much better than black people know themselves.
But she knows better what's right for us.........

Not buying their BS anymore!
 

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Well now the Free Stuff Army weighs in on the action


South Side Voters Tell City Officials The Obama Center Needs A Community Benefits Agreement
The CBA would mandate 30 percent of all new and rehabilitated housing to be set aside for low- and moderate-income Chicagoans.
WOODLAWN — Voters in Woodlawn and Washington Park overwhelmingly backed a push to require the Obama Presidential Center to ink a community benefits agreement that includes an affordable housing mandate and a property tax freeze for long-time residents.

More than 88 percent of voters in the 5th precinct of the 5th Ward; the 15th and 18th precincts of the 12th Ward, the 1st, 22nd and 23rd precincts of the 20th Ward; the 15th precinct of the 22nd Ward and all of the 25th Ward backed the non-binding question, according to Tuesday’s unofficial results.

The center has been delayed by a lawsuit filed by the Friends of the Parks, which objects to the Obama Foundation’s plan plans to build the center in Jackson Park. The group contends those plans violate state law and Chicago Park District rules. The center must also undergo a federal review.

The CBA would mandate 30 percent of all new and rehabilitated housing to be set aside for low- and moderate-income Chicagoans.

The OPC agreement aldermen already unanimously approved in late October acknowledges that the $500 million project could push long time South Side residents out of their homes. Planning officials said they would “monitor” displacement.

Former President Barack Obama and the Obama Foundation have resisted calls to sign a community benefits agreement that would include independent monitoring and local hiring, support for neighborhood schools and a community trust fund to support the initiatives.

Obama’s presidential museum will be part of a four-building campus that includes an underground parking facility, a plaza, play areas, pedestrian and bicycle paths and landscaped open space, according to the revised measure. Those plans were approved in May by the City Council, and the city will own the center once it is built, according to the agreement.