Supreme Court will not hear offer to stop Obama center project

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The United States Supreme Court has rejected efforts by a Chicago organization to immediately stop construction of the Obama Presidential Center on the city’s south side.

Crain’s Chicago Business reports that Judge Amy Coney Barrett did not explain her decision to dismiss the emergency appeal on Friday. Protect Our Parks has repeatedly challenged the selection of Jackson Park for the construction of the center.

Barack Obama announced in 2016 his selection of South Side Park for the campus which will include a museum, public library and outdoor space.

Obama and other representatives of the center have expressed confidence in overcoming any legal objections. A representative from the Obama Foundation told Crain’s that construction started this month.

“We greatly appreciate the continued support of our project and our process by the courts, now including by the highest court in the land,” the representative said in a statement.

“Today’s Supreme Court decision is disappointing, but not surprising,” Michael Rachlis, lawyer for Protect Our Parks, said in a statement to Crain’s. “We still believe that preserving the status quo is fundamental to avoiding irreparable damage to Jackson Park.”

Rachlis said the organization remains focused on its remaining legal challenges against the plan.

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