Life Support for Obama Center

By Nick Gale, 890 WLS News

(CHICAGO) — A federal judge has denied a request to halt construction of the Obama Presidential Center on the city’s South Side.

Judge John Blakey issued the decision this afternoon after hearing arguments last month on the second lawsuit filed by the group Protect Our Parks. The non-profit has been attempting to stop the planned development of the center in Jackson Park.

The ruling now clears the way for the August 16 groundbreaking. It’s expected to cost $700 million to construct and should open by the fall of 2025.

Protect Our Parks have been pushing for an alternate site in Washington Park and argued the current site selected would lead to traffic jams and the loss of trees.

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