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Appeals court turns back latest attempt to stop Obama presidential center from being built in park

A federal appeals panel closed the door on the most recent attempt to halt conversion of part of Chicago’s Jackson Park into the Obama Presidential Center.

The U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion July 1, the latest ruling in a dispute that dates to the 2016 announcement from the Barack Obama Foundation regarding plans to build the South Side museum. The proposal drew vehement opposition from a citizen group organized as Protect Our Parks, which launched litigation against several defendants, including the city and its park district, state and federal officers, rooted largely in concerns about impact on the environment, the park and the surrounding neighborhood.

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