Herald launches poll on Obama Library

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By LINDSAY WELBERS
Staff Writer

Barack and Michelle Obama are expected to announce which university will host the Obama Presidential Library sometime in April.
While the University of Chicago (U. of C.) is considered a frontrunner, it also presented the most controversial option.

The Chicago Park District has already approved transferring more than 20 acres of land from either Jackson or Washington parks, if the Obamas choose the U. of C. plan. The Chicago Plan Commission voted on Monday to allow the land transfer.

That isn’t to say it is a done deal; watchdog organization Friends of the Parks, has threatened to sue to prevent the transfer from going forward. FOTP said it would support bringing the library to the Washington Park neighborhood and using the 11 privately owned acres adjacent to the park for all construction needs, but the U. of C. has insisted it requires the extra acreage to have a competitive bid.

Polls done by the Obama Foundation and the U. of C. have said the public supports using the parkland as a site for the buildings, but the Herald wonders if enough attention has been given to those 11 acres, or why the Obama Foundation isn’t actively considering the 37 available acres at the former Michael Reese Hospital Site.

We invite you to give your opinion and, if you would like, include a brief comment. Your opinions may appear in an upcoming edition of the Herald.