US judge: Construction on Obama center should proceed




  • In US
  • 2019-06-11 17:46:39Z
  • By Associated Press
Obama Library Lawsuit
Obama Library Lawsuit  

CHICAGO (AP) - Plans to build Barack Obama's $500 million presidential center in a lakefront Chicago park can move forward, a federal judge said Tuesday, adding that a written ruling dismissing a park advocacy group's lawsuit would follow.

After hearing oral arguments, U.S. District Judge John Robert Blakey said there should be "no delay in construction."

The state-of-the-art center - to include a recording studio, classroom space and public library branch - was supposed to open in 2021 in Jackson Park. It's located along Lake Michigan and close to where the former president started his political career and later lived with his family.

But the lawsuit and a federal review have delayed plans.

Protect Our Parks argued the city illegally transferred land for a park to The Obama Foundation, a private entity overseeing construction of the center. City lawyers accused the group of exaggerating potential environmental problems, misreading the law and misrepresenting how the approval works.

In court, city attorneys said the center would serve a wide public interest, from plans to maintain park grounds to jobs and other development. City attorneys did not comment outside court.

An attorney for the parks organization said they plan to appeal.

COMMENTS

More Related News

Report suggests Barack Obama is trying to recruit Masai Ujiri to Wizards
Report suggests Barack Obama is trying to recruit Masai Ujiri to Wizards

Is the 44th President of the United States trying to recruit the Raptors team president to D.C.? That's what a new report suggests.

Elizabeth Warren
Elizabeth Warren's Populist Positions Echo a Certain Republican-Donald Trump

Elizabeth Warren's Populist Positions Echo a Certain Republican-Donald Trump

Kamala Harris Runs for Queen
Kamala Harris Runs for Queen

I'm going to let you in on a secret about the 2020 presidential contest: Unless unforeseen circumstances lead to a true wave election, the legislative stakes will be extremely low. The odds are heavily stacked against Democrats' retaking the Senate, and that means that even if a Democrat wins the White House, there will be no Medicare for All, no free college, and no "democratic socialism." Democratic candidates are racing to the legislative left for the sake of programs they'll never implement and legislation they'll never pass. The promises they use to fire up the progressive base (and inflame red America) are promises they simply cannot keep.Kamala Harris is smart enough to understand...

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: US

facebook
Hit "Like"
Don't miss any important news
Thanks, you don't need to show me this anymore.