American Thinker> The so-called “Obama Presidential Center” in Chicago is not a presidential library, and it is not part of the National Archives. It will contain no collections of presidential papers and therefore will have little if any value to historians and scholars of his presidency. It is a private building, financed by private donations. Its function appears to be serving as a monument to the man himself, offering space for basketball courts and meeting rooms for “community organizing,” among his favorite pursuits. (No word on whether the presidential NCAA basketball brackets will be memorialized as yet.)
This private endeavor wants to take over land in two publicly owned properties that are on the National Register of Historic Places.
Jackson Park (on the Lake Michigan shoreline) and the Midway Plaisance, a treasured legacy of the Chicago World’s Fair that defines the surrounding neighborhoods, including the University of Chicago. This federal landmark status of the two park properties triggers a requirement for what is called a “Section 106 review” under the terms of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. Local Chicago officials are conducting that review and holding public hearings. Sort of.
A local citizens group, Jackson Park Watch, is monitoring this review process and has discovered that it appears to be skipping over the hard part and moving toward a conclusion before the facts are considered. more here