The defendants in the Protect Our Parks lawsuit have now taken to falsely proclaiming that "it's a done deal" and that in April they intend to be cutting down 1,000 mature trees in the pristine park and breaking ground to start construction on the OPC.
In fact, if they were being honest with the public, they would have instead admitted that the most recent court ruling was painstaking in not ruling on the legal merits of the case, and actually directed that new litigation be filed in both federal and state court on those very issues, and that is exactly what is now taking place.
Moreover, what the Obama Foundation and City Defendants still refuse to acknowledge is that POP has always favored construction of an OPC in a legal South Side location in need of of investment and development, and has not only identified an available legal site in the nearby Washington Park neighborhood, but has prepared detailed architectural plans to advance that construction. So what is the problem? Never once has there been any explanation why, with all the ideal nearby South Side locations, world famous Jackson Park has to be defiled in conscious violation of all the existing park protective laws and the doctrine of public trust.
President, Protect Our Parks