Obama holds groundbreaking ceremony for presidential center in Chicago

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By Brendan O’Brien CHICAGO (Reuters) – Former President Barack Obama presided on Tuesday over a ceremonial groundbreaking at the future Obama Presidential Center in Chicago, saying he hopes the facility will be a hub of global civic activism. Construction of the $700 million center, blocks from the University of Chicago on the city’s South Side, began in August despite opposition from local activists. Donations to the Obama Foundation are paying for the project. Due to be completed in 2025, it will house a museum of artifacts from Obama’s 2009-2017 presidency and be a public gathering space fo…

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