The amazing thing about this story is that the lawsuit was filed by an environmental group. It’s not right wing conservatives who are trying to stop the Obama center, it’s liberal environmentalists. How’s that for irony?
The Chicago Tribune reports:
Lawsuit means Chicago Obama center plan no sure thing; judge says he will rule on legal challenge in coming days
Odds may still favor the eventual construction of former President Barack Obama’s $500 million museum and library in a public park along Chicago’s lakeshore, but it’s no longer a sure thing in the face of a formidable legal challenge by a parks advocacy group.
U.S. District Judge John Robert Blakey is hearing arguments Thursday in Chicago on a key motion by city attorneys to toss a lawsuit by Protect Our Parks that aims to halt the Obama Presidential Center from ever being built in the selected location.
The environmental group that sued claims the city does not have legal standing to build the Obama center within Jackson Park, about 7 miles south of downtown. Among other arguments, detractors say that because the structure won’t house the former president’s archives, it shouldn’t be built on public park land.
But in court Thursday, attorneys representing the city and the Chicago Park District sought to make the case that the suit should be tossed out. They said that because the center would essentially be owned by the city, the environmentalists didn’t have a strong argument to challenge the project.
You may have noticed that the media is completely ignoring this story.
Here’s another related story that’s not getting much attention. Look who’s following in the Clintons’ footsteps.
Obama Spoke at Boeing Retreat After Firm Gave Millions to Library Fund
Boeing Co. lined up a surprise motivational speaker for an executive retreat in Arizona this month: former U.S. President Barack Obama.
He was the second former U.S. president in two years to offer up leadership tips to managers gathered for Boeing’s annual desert planning session. George W. Bush addressed the group last year, said people familiar with the matter.
While guest speakers are staples of corporate getaways this time of year, inviting former world leaders to inspire employees is unusual. That had been true at Boeing, too. Its change reflects the corporate ties that linger after a president leaves office — along with the planemaker’s swagger as it’s taken over the mantle from General Electric Co. as the largest U.S. industrial company.
Boeing has emerged as one of the major corporate donors helping fund Obama’s library and museum in Chicago. The aerospace giant gave $10 million to the project ahead of Obama’s address to managers at a five-star Scottsdale resort in early January, according to the people, who aren’t authorized to speak publicly.
Pay for play, anyone?