The state of Illinois has approved a $224 million street and transportation project for Chicago’s South Side neighborhood that will serve as the future home of the Obama Presidential Center. Taxpayers will cough up $199 f the costs, according to Washington Examiner.
The project will include road work surrounding the new Obama complex, as well as a new public transportation stop. But not all the burden will fall on the shoulders of Illinois taxpayers. Part of the transportation costs will be covered by a federal trasportation grant.
Construction of the new project requires the city of Chicago to allocate a portion of its historic Jackson Park. At least one lawsuit has been filed to stop the city from letting former President Obama use the land.
Concerned residents of the area requested a town hall meeting with President Obama to discuss the impact of the project, but Obama has declined the invitation.