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Foes of plans for Obama presidential library in Register-listed Chicago park send arguments to court

WASHINGTON — The battle over locating the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park heated up on Tuesday as opponents argued in federal court briefs that City Hall rigged the deal for what would be the first-ever complex of its kind allowed in a public park in Chicago.

A “friend of the court” brief by Preservation Chicago and Jackson Park Watch — which has taken a lead on watchdogging the development — provided the most detailed research yet to demonstrate that museums in Chicago on parkland were not originally carved out of existing parks.

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