Judge Dismisses Suit to Block Construction of Obama Center

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The Obama Foundation applauded the ruling.

April 4, 2022
The Associated Press - Bloomberg

Chicago (AP) -- A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to prevent the construction of the Obama Presidential Center in a park on Chicago's South Side.

In a ruling issued Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Robert Blakey rejected the contention by the group Protect Our Parks that the city's park district improperly gave control of the land in Jackson Park to former President Barack Obama's foundation in violation of the public trust.

The city, Blakey wrote, “did not abdicate control or ownership of the OPC site to the Obama Foundation.”

Citing the state law that governs museums, the judge wrote that the Obama Center will ”confer a public benefit because they ’serve valuable public purposes, including ... furthering human knowledge and understanding, educating and inspiring the public, and expanding recreational and cultural resources and opportunities.”


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