Chicago City Council backs Obama Presidential Center plans

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May 23, 2018 12:21 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago City Council has given its backing to construction of the Obama Presidential Center in a park on the city's South Side.

Loud applause came from council members after they voted 47-1 in favor of the $500 million project Wednesday. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he was going to call former President Barack Obama with the news and left the council chamber.

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The project remains under federal review because the site, Jackson Park, is on the National Register of Historic Places. However, City Council approval is a major step forward.

The proposal has won widespread support in Chicago, but it has also been met with resistance from critics who oppose placing the center in a historic and popular park.

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