Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett sided with the Obama Foundation after an environment group attempted to block the construction of the Obama Library in Chicago.
Fox News reports:
“We greatly appreciate the continued support of our project and process by the courts, including now from the highest court in the land,” an Obama Foundation spokesperson told Fox News on Friday. “With their support, and the outpouring of support we’ve received from so many on the South Side and across the city of Chicago, we were so pleased to be able to kick off our construction this past week and get us one day closer to doors opening at the Obama Presidential Center.”
The advocacy group Protect Our Parks and other plaintiffs had tried to halt the construction of the Obama presidential library in Chicago’s Jackson Park this week, citing it would be harmful to the local environment.
“Today’s Supreme Court decision is disappointing, but not surprising. We still believe that preserving the status quo is fundamental to preventing irreparable harm in Jackson Park,” the petitioners’ co-counsel Michael Rachlis said in a statement, the Hill reported Friday.
“Nonetheless, our core arguments seek to protect the long-term environmental and historical resources in Jackson Park, and we look forward to presenting our evidence and these arguments in the appellate and district court in the coming weeks.”
Barrett Supreme Court judge tasked with handling emergency matters from Illinois and ultimately denied the petition from Protect Our Parks.