No Eminent Domain Issues Or Homeowner Displacement Would Impact South Side Obama Library
Jan11

No Eminent Domain Issues Or Homeowner Displacement Would Impact South Side Obama Library

A potential Washington Park site for the Barack Obama Presidential Library received the endorsement of Alderman Pat Dowell (third ward) during a recent meeting on the proposed site. The meeting was co-hosted by Dowell and the University of Chicago. Several hundred attendees heard a presentation on the Washington Park proposal. Dowell strongly supported building the library on the South Side of Chicago at the proposed location. This...

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Friends of the Parks Waves White Flag; Pledges to Work With Obama Library
May13

Friends of the Parks Waves White Flag; Pledges to Work With Obama Library

Following yesterday’s official announcement that that the Barack Obama Presidential Library and Museum will be built in a park on Chicago’s South Side, the Friends of the Parks issued a statement expressing its dismay. The organization has been against any use of public park space for the library, which is expected to use quite a lot of space.  But after the official announcement, it is striking a conciliatory tone; doing...

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Obama Makes it Official — Presidential Library Coming to Chicago
May12

Obama Makes it Official — Presidential Library Coming to Chicago

  A fortnight after the Chicago Sun-Times and pretty much every other media outlet in the city broke the news that the Barack Obama Presidential Library and Museum will be built in Chicago, the Barack Obama Foundation made it official. It happened with an e-mail sent out at 6:00am this morning, penned by former White House advisor David Axelrod.  In it he briefly describes the rationale: Chicago is one of the greatest cities in...

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Obama’s Library Has a Chicago Home, If He Wants It
Mar18

Obama’s Library Has a Chicago Home, If He Wants It

The Chicago City Council has given its stamp of approval to a plan to transfer ownership of up to 21 acres of public park land for the Barack Obama Library and Museum.  The controversial move makes Chicago’s bid for the library even more tempting to the Barack Obama Foundation. A decision on which city (Chicago, New York, and Honolulu) will get the library is expected after the April 7 runoff election. After that, the foundation...

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