Ariel E. Reboyras

Emanuel defends Obama library plan

Emanuel defends Obama library plan

Mayor Rahm Emanuel offered another spirited defense Wednesday of his push to use public park land for a proposed Barack Obama presidential library near the University of Chicago, but dodged a question on why he's not adding new public green space to compensate for all the land that would be dedicated to the complex.

The mayor formally introduced an ordinance to the City Council to transfer at least 20 acres in either Washington Park or Jackson Park to the city if Obama decides to build his library and museum in Chicago. After the council meeting, the mayor was asked why his plan calls only for seeking to replace with new public green space the five or so acres of park on which the...