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Federal Lawsuit FILED To Stop Obama Presidential Library In Chicago


Barack Obama hoped he would have a monument built in his honor in Jackson Park on the south side of Chicago. You can only imagine what the media will say once this becomes mainstream “Racist Try To Stop First Black President Library” or “The Real America: No Black Presidental Museum”

The plaintiff—named as nonprofit activist group Protect Our Parks, Inc.—accuses the Obama Foundation of pulling a “bait and switch,” by replacing an “official” presidential library overseen by the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration with a complex that instead offers digital access to Obama’s off-site archival documents.

“Although that original purpose of an official Presidential Library no longer exists,” reads the complaint, “the defendants continue to forge ahead to advance a totally different private nongovernmental project on public parkland.”

Furthermore, the suit claims that public land is “prohibited by law” from being turned over to a private entity for private use and that such a deal violates Chicago Park District code.

Chicago residents have been against the library since day one of it’s revealing. Their concerns? Not only will their taxes go up, but gentrification will occur, and they’re claiming the library will cause a massive environmental impact. Now, the local advocacy group “Protect Our Parks” have accused Barack Obama and the Library executives of “Institutional bait and switch by advertising the center as the 44th president’s official library.

“In August 2016, the City and the Park District publically announced that the Obama Presidential Library promised to include all of the former President’s official records, would be built in Jackson Park,” the lawsuit reads. “Then, in May 2017, after the Defendants’ public announcement that a true ‘Presidential Library’ would be built, the Obamas did an about-face on their commitment to a Presidential Library.”

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, also claims the transfer of public parklands to a private entity violates Park District Code.

“Defendants have chosen to deal with it in a classic Chicago political way, known as a short con shell game, a corrupt scheme to deceive and seemingly legitimize an illegal land grab, one that will endure for centuries to come, regardless of future changing public park needs and increasingly consequential environmental conditions,” the lawsuit reads. VIA

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