Obama’s presidential center is already being protested by various groups of people from the surrounding community. Now there is more bad news. Taxpayers are going to have to cough up $200 million dollars for related infrastructure projects. Doesn’t that sound great?
FOX News reports:
Work related to Obama Presidential Center to cost Illinois taxpayers nearly $200 million
The controversial Obama Presidential Center in Chicago will benefit from almost $200 million in taxpayer funding for work on infrastructure projects near the center on Chicago’s South Side.
The Chicago Sun Times first reported Friday that Illinois lawmakers had approved $174 million for roadwork in and around Jackson Park related to the development of the center.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a former Obama White House chief of staff, described the infrastructure improvements as “money well spent.”
“Bringing the Obama Presidential Center to Chicago took leadership and vision, and we are gratified that our partners in Springfield also saw the potential for what this means for all of Illinois,” Emanuel said in a statement Friday.
His office said that the funding would go toward meeting “the transportation infrastructure needs related to the Obama Center, from road construction to traffic mitigation to pedestrian safety to parkland enhancement.”
“The state’s $174 million investment in infrastructure improvements near the Obama Center on the South Side of Chicago is money well spent,” he said.
It’s ironic. Obama isn’t in office anymore but he’s still causing headaches for taxpayers.