Group suing over Obama Presidential Center construction in Chicago dealt legal setback in effort to halt groundbreaking
An aerial view shows the proposed site for the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago's Jackson Park on May 13, 2020. - Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune/TNS

CHICAGO — A federal judge on Thursday denied a request to halt construction on the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago — stifling the latest attempt by a group that has long opposed the upcoming site’s location in the storied Jackson Park on the South Side. Judge John Robert Blakey of the Illinois Northern District court issued the decision after hearing arguments last month on the legal challenge by the nonprofit Protect Our Parks, which filed its second lawsuit attempting to stop the planned location of former President Barack Obama’s presidential center. Blakey’s denial Thursday of a preli...