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Noose found at Obama Presidential Center construction site

FILE - In this May 3, 2017, file photo, former President Barack Obama points to a rendering for the former president's lakefront presidential center at a community event at the South Shore Cultural Center in Chicago. Obama's presidential center will move another step closer to its brick-and-mortar future Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021 when ground is broken.

CHICAGO — The firm building the Obama Presidential Center has suspended operations there after a noose was found at the Chicago site, and it’s offering a $100,000 reward to help find who was responsible.

Lakeside Alliance, a partnership of Black-owned construction firms, said Thursday it reported the incident to the police.

It says it has “zero tolerance for any form of bias or hate” on its worksite.

It also says it was holding additional anti-bias training for all staff and workers.

Former President Barack Obama’s foundation called the noose a “shameless act of cowardice and hate.”


Associated Press

Associated Press

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