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And now for some good news!
« on: May 15, 2018, 05:41:01 PM »
Federal lawsuit accuses Obama center organizers of pulling an 'institutional bait and switch'

Tony Briscoe
May 15, 2018

A federal lawsuit filed by a Chicago nonprofit in an attempt to block the Obama Presidential Center from being built in Jackson Park accuses organizers of pulling an “institutional bait and switch” by shifting the center’s purpose away from being a true presidential library.

Protect Our Parks Inc. also claims in its lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court on Monday, that the Chicago Park District and the City of Chicago don’t have the authority to transfer public parkland to nongovernmental entity such as the Obama Foundation.

It has long been expected that the Park District would sell the land to the city for a nominal amount and the city would enter into a long-term lease with the Obama Foundation. The lawsuit, which also names three Chicago-area residents as plaintiffs, argues that such a maneuver would violate state law and represents “a short con shell game, a corrupt scheme to deceive and seemingly legitimize an illegal land grab.”

“The City and Park District clearly realize and fully understand that this established law precludes the Park District from arbitrarily transferring possession, use and control of this dedicated ‘open, clear and free’ public parkland in Jackson Park to a private nongovernmental … entity’s self-determined use,” the complaint says.

The plaintiffs accuse the Obamas of committing an about-face on original plans for the Jackson Park site to be home to a national presidential library that would hold historic documents and archives from Barack Obama’s presidency under the National Archives and Records Administration’s supervision.

In a statement released Monday, the city framed the lawsuit as a roadblock to economic progress for the South Side.

“The Obama Presidential Center is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to invest hundreds of millions of dollars that will create good jobs on the South Side, bring our communities together and honor the legacy of Chicago’s favorite son and daughter. While some choose to stand in the way of progress for the South Side, we are focused on making progress in every community in Chicago,” the statement read.

Protect Our Parks is not as well known as Chicago-based Friends of the Parks, which filed a federal lawsuit as part of a successful effort to block a proposal to put the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art along the lakefront south of Soldier Field.

Friends of the Parks has opted against taking action against the Obama center for legal and financial reasons, but also because of the political challenge of taking on Obama in the town where he built is career.

“Friends of the Parks has always said that we welcome the Obama Presidential Center to Chicago’s South Side but disagree with the choice to locate it on public parkland rather than vacant land across the street from Washington Park,” Juanita Irizarry, executive director of Friends of the Parks, said in a statement Monday. “While we are not involved with this lawsuit in any way, it is an indication of the fact the Friends of the Parks is not alone in our concern about Chicago’s parks being seen as sites for real estate development.”

The litigation comes ahead of a Thursday Chicago Plan Commission meeting to discuss modifications to the boundaries of the Obama Presidential Center, in addition to the long-term grounds lease for the Obama Foundation to begin construction.

The center, which has been slated for a 19-acre plot on the western edge of Jackson Park, is expected to open in 2021.

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« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2018, 05:45:22 PM »
Illegal land grab.  Interesting.

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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2018, 05:49:32 PM »
More:

by Warner Todd Huston10 Oct 2017Chicago, IL1,987

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/10/10/obamas-chicago-presidential-library-taking-criticism-no-records-scholars-view/
 
As Chicago gears up for the opening of President Barack Obama’s new presidential library, news has leaked that Obama doesn’t intend to move all his records, manuscripts and papers there. The announcement has sparked questions of just how useful a presidential library is if there isn’t anything for scholars to research.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the Obama library seems more like a playland, than a presidential archive. The facility will house, “a children’s play garden, sledding hill, green spaces for picnics and outdoor gatherings, basketball courts and even a recording studio,” the paper reported.  Still hiding his roots I see.

After months of deliberations with cities fighting each other for the honor of hosting the Obama library, in April of 2015, the Obamas chose Chicago as the destination of choice. On the losing end of that contest was the University of Hawaii and New York City’s Columbia University.

But now the winning school, the University of Chicago, is wondering if all they will really get is an overgrown community center.

Other presidential libraries hold the full archives of its subject’s papers. It is where scholars go to do the deep dive research that can help shed light on a president’s days in office and life before the White House.

But, without those archives, what use will Obama’s library be for Chicago?



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Many of Obama’s classified documents are still in the hands of the federal government in Washington D.C., but the rest of his records are near the Windy City sitting in a suburban storage facility.

One problem archivists are dealing with is how they will make the records available online, but some indications seem to show that the Obamas planned it like this from the beginning.

“This is going to be completely different,” Foundation CEO David Simas said at a recent event. “What the president and first lady said … is they simply did not want a museum that served as a mausoleum, as a way to look back.”

Indeed, James “Skip” Rutherford, the current dean of the William J. Clinton School of Public Service, insisted that the paper records aren’t really that important.

“I don’t think it will have a major impact in terms of the success or popularity of the center,” Rutherford told the Tribune. “The presence of paper records is less important now. Go back to Franklin D. Roosevelt, and the treasure is in the documents. But now, the treasure is in the electronic records.”



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If the records all end up accessible by computer, though, Rutherford thinks that it will all serve history better than a mere centrally located archive open to scholars.

Others agree. Lee White, President of the National Coalition for History, also told the paper that online archives are a far better idea.

“In some ways, this is easier for historians because they won’t have to travel to Chicago,” White said. “This will be a model going forward. Now not just academics will use the records: There will be high school students and teachers who want to pull Obama’s statement on immigration. Journalists who want to look.”

Still, some in Chicago may feel that Obama’s library was a bait and switch that will cost upwards to $500 million but won’t serve as a center for scholarship after all.

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Re: And now for some good news!
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2018, 05:50:55 PM »
horrid.. and if they were taking the land for a Koch Brothers waste dump, you'd be all for it!
So let's see how fucking brilliant I truly am.
Clinton will not ever be President of the United States.

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« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2018, 05:54:58 PM »
horrid.. and if they were taking the land for a Koch Brothers waste dump, you'd be all for it!

Red herring.  It's what's fer dinner.

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Re: And now for some good news!
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2018, 06:25:05 PM »
Just so they decide against dumping this craphole in my backyard...that's all I care about.

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Re: And now for some good news!
« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2018, 06:34:53 PM »
horrid.. and if they were taking the land for a Koch Brothers waste dump, you'd be all for it!

Not one of them has the slightest idea what they're whining about. They don't understand the neighborhood. They don't understand the parks in Chicago. They don't know the law.

They're full of shit. Our recidivist Catholic especially. He ought to know better.

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« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2018, 06:46:47 PM »
Just so they decide against dumping this craphole in my backyard...that's all I care about.

Oh I hear you.  A couple years ago we narrowly missed our road being named Martin Luther King Boulevard.   

Do you know that every street named after King becomes a slum area?  crime ridden. 

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« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2018, 08:34:02 PM »
In Normalese:


Via Daily Caller:


A public park advocacy group filed a federal lawsuit Monday accusing Obama Presidential Center organizers of pulling an “institutional bait and switch” by reneging on its original planned purpose of building an official presidential library in historic Jackson Park.

The Chicago City Council approved an ordinance in 2015 for the parkland to be leased to the Obama Foundation for the purpose of housing former President Barack Obama’s official presidential library, the Chicago Sun-Times reported on Tuesday.

But operations have since changed. Obama now plans to use the parkland to build a $500 million personal museum and monument dedicated to his person. The National Records and Archives Administration will operate his presidential library somewhere else.

The lawsuit, Protect Our Parks, Inc. filed against the city of Chicago and the Chicago Park District, argues public parkland is “prohibited by law” from being given to a private entity such as the Obama Foundation for private use.

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If you like your presidential library, you can keep your presidential library.

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« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2018, 03:42:55 PM »
Obama foundation offering free breakfast to those Chicagoans who come out to support his Presidential Community Center. Starting at 5am.   What Obama supporters get up at 5am?

The Chicago way.

Via Washington Examiner:


The Obama Foundation is trying to generate as much public support as possible ahead of the city of Chicago’s first municipal vote to approve construction permits that would allow the Obama Presidential Center to be built on historic parkland.

The foundation’s chief engagement officer, Michael Strautmanis, emailed “friends” of the project late last week asking them to show up at City Hall at 5 a.m. Thursday to demonstrate to city officials that local residents are behind it.

Attendees were told to pick up Obama swag — T-shirts and buttons — from the organization’s local headquarters ahead of Thursday.

Although the Chicago Plan Commission is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, the foundation will hold a rally at Randolph Street and LaSalle Street before dawn. The foundation is offering attendees “breakfast and music” if they come and said they may even appear on local TV morning news shows.

“We expect to get interest from the early morning news crews. We know that 5 am is early, but we’re happy for you to join us at 6, 7, or 8 am, too. So put on your Obama gear and join us for some early morning fun,” Strautmanis wrote.

Attendees will then be moved into the city building.

“The Department of Planning and Development will present the Obama Foundation’s application alongside those from the Chicago Department of Transportation and the Chicago Park District. The Chairman of the Plan Commission will then open the floor to testimony and questions,” Strautmanis wrote.

“We hope to have the galleries full of our supporters who can clap and cheer for positive speakers. While we expect the meeting could go until 5:00 PM or later, you’ll be able to enter and leave the chamber as needed. We’ll have snacks on hand to keep energy levels up,” he added.