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Group says Obama center won’t be true presidential library

May 15, 2018

FILE - In this May 3, 2017, file photo, former President Barack Obama speaks at a community event on the Presidential Center at the South Shore Cultural Center in Chicago. The Obama Presidential Center will not be a part of the presidential library network operated by the National Archives and Records Administration. Public park advocates have filed a lawsuit against the city of Chicago seeking to stop construction of the center. The group also wants to bar the city from giving control of the center's site to the Obama Foundation. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

CHICAGO (AP) — A nonprofit group suing the city of Chicago says the Obama Presidential Center shouldn’t be built in a Chicago park because it won’t be a true presidential library.

Protect Our Parks Inc. accuses organizers of the planned library at Jackson Park on the city’s South Side of pulling an “institutional bait and switch” by changing the true nature of the center from a presidential library to a center that doesn’t house historic papers.

The group’s federal lawsuit was filed Monday.

The Obama Foundation has said it will host a digital archive of President Barack Obama’s records, but that paper documents will be stored elsewhere.

On Tuesday, the Chicago Tribune reported that Mayor Rahm Emanuel dismissed the argument that the center won’t be a true presidential library. He says all the records the group wants at the center will be there in digital form.

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