Work in connection with the Obama Presidential Center to cost Illinois taxpayers nearly $ 200 million

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Obama Presidential Center faces opposition in Chicago

Charles Birnbaum of the cultural landscape Foundation, will speak about ” The Ingraham angle.’

The controversial Obama Presidential Center in Chicago, will benefit from almost $200 million in taxpayer-funding for work on infrastructure projects in the vicinity of the center of Chicago’s South Side.

The Chicago Sun-Times first reported Friday, the Illinois legislature has 174 million euros had agreed to $for road construction in and around Jackson Park in connection with the development of the centre.

Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, a former Obama White house chief of staff, described the improvements in the infrastructure as a “money well spent.”

“Bring the Obama Presidential Center, Chicago took over the leadership and vision, and we are grateful that our partners in Springfield also saw the potential for what this means for all of Illinois,” Emanuel said in a statement Friday.

His office said that the funding would go to meet “the transport infrastructure in connection with the Obama-Center, road-building, transport, climate protection, the safety of the pedestrian parkland expansion.”

“The state is $174 million investment in infrastructure improvements in the vicinity of the Obama Center in the South Side of Chicago is money well spent,” he said.

The Washington Examiner reported that Illinois taxpayers will also revise the shoulder the half of a $50 million project, an over-ground train station two kilometres from the centre. The other half will be funded through a transportation grant Department.

The Center won approval from the Chicago city council last month, in spite of significant opposition and protests by his opponents, who are sceptical of the Obama Foundation’s claim that the center supports thousands of new jobs and a total economic impact of $3.1 billion in the first 10 years.

Opponents doubt that the centre provides those services for the residents, the expression of anger have brought on the lack of a formal agreement with the local community, and others against the use of local parkland for the project.


The centre has to make a number of approval to go through steps, including a Federal government, but before a suit is filed, Our Parks claims that the city is built in a “short con shell game,” the 12-story museum and library, which is on the Park landscape.

The lawsuit argued that, while the goal of the transfer was, was the country home of the official Obama presidential library, the center will not be President-the papers contain only a digital copy.

“The defendants chose to deceive him in a classic Chicago political type, known as a short con shell game, a corrupt System, and apparently an illegal land grab, one that will endure for centuries to come, regardless of the future amendment to the public park needs and, increasingly, a result of the environmental conditions,” the lawsuit says, in order to legitimize.

But the Obama Foundation and Chicago have pushed back the officials, the narrative, which is to say that the center is a large benefit to the local community.

“The Obama Presidential Center will be showing a transformative project for Chicago’s South Side, and in this state, the financing, the Illinois commitment to honor said the legacy of Chicago’s favorite son and daughter,” mayor Emanuel said.


Adam Shaw is a political Reporter and occasional opinion writer for He can be reached here or on Twitter: @AdamShawNY.

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