Law­suit filed to block Obama Cen­ter

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CHICAGO (AP) — Pub­lic park ad­vo­cates have filed a law­suit against the city of Chicago seek­ing to stop con­struc­tion of the Obama Pres­i­den­tial Cen­ter.

The Chicago Sun-Times re­ports the fed­eral law­suit by Pro­tect Our Parks Inc. seeks a court or­der bar­ring the Chicago Park Dis­trict and other city agen­cies from ap­prov­ing the build­ing of for­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama's cen­ter in Jack­son Park. The group also wants to bar the city from giv­ing con­trol of the cen­ter's site to the Obama Foun­da­tion.

The law­suit says the orig­i­nal plan was to trans­fer pub­lic park land to the foun­da­tion for the pur­pose of hous­ing an of­fi­cial fed­eral Obama li­brary, but that now the cen­ter will not in­clude Obama's of­fi­cial pres­i­den­tial li­brary.

A spokesman for Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the cen­ter is an op­por­tu­nity to in­vest mil­lions of dol­lars on Chicago's South Side.

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OBAMA CEN­TER CHAL­LENGED: Pres­i­dent Barack Obama's proposed cen­ter in the Jack­son Park area of Chicago is the sub­ject of a law­suit.

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