Rahm Emanuel, Ed Siskel

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, at podium, with City Corporation Counsel Ed Siskel. (WBBM Newsradio/Craig Dellimore)

Emanuel Berates Lawsuit Against Obama Center

May 15, 2018 - 9:13 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Mayor Emanuel on Tuesday said the lawsuit filed to block the Barack Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park will not stop the project.

The federal lawsuit filed this week by the group Protect Our Parks Inc. contends the Obama Center should not be built in a Chicago park because it won’t be a true presidential library.

The center is expected to have a digital archive of presidential records.

Mayor Emanuel called the suit frivolous.

“It’s based on some notion of the records. The records are going to be digitized. Welcome to the 21st century,” he said. “They can be both in New York and in Chicago.”

Emanuel called the center a major investment and “one of the largest private-sector investments on the South Side in decades.”

The mayor said he expects the Chicago Plan Commission to approve the Obama Center plan later this week.