Obama center groundbreaking: Former president hopes new library and museum campus will empower young people on Chicago’s South Side

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Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — Ahead of Tuesday afternoon’s groundbreaking for the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago’s Jackson Park, the former president reiterated the project’s potential to transform the South Side, with the same idealistic fire that catalyzed his own career in public service years ago. His pitch comes despite an enduring legal battle against his use of parkland and as local activists planned a protest outside the future site of the presidential center to call for more affordable housing protections. “We are ready to get going,” Barack Obama said in an interview released Tuesday morning by AB…

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