Hyde Park Herald: CBA Coalition confronts Ald. Hairston at 5th Ward meeting

Tensions came to a head Tuesday night, as residents in communities surrounding the future Barack Obama Presidential Center (OPC) asked Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) to back them in their quest for a community benefits agreement (CBA) for the OPC in Jackson Park.

“I would like to ask if you are planning on talking about the Obama Center,” said Doug Bishop, a Hyde Park resident, to Hairston. “Are you planning to talk about the community benefits agreement? We would very much like to ask you to reconsider your opinions on this subject.”

Hairston said the topic would not be discussed at the meeting and said the CBA was addressed in a previous ward meeting.

“You all came here specifically for a purpose to disrupt this meeting,” Hairston said. “Everybody in here did not come for that they came here for a fifth ward meeting.”

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Jason Rieger