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Obama nixes idea of ‘benefits agreement’ with library neighbors

By CBS Chicago

Barack Obama was a surprise participant, via satellite Thursday night, in the latest public meeting on plans for his planned presidential center in Jackson Park.

He told protesters he would not support a “Community Benefits Agreement” with area residents that would guarantee, among other things, economic gains.

Mr. Obama said he wants the process to be transparent and inclusive. But a benefits agreement is for private, for-profit developments, whereas the Obama Center will be not-for-profit, he said.


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