Activists protest university's bid for Obama library

Stefanie Botelho's picture
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A long-running battle in President Obama's old Chicago neighborhood is winding its way into the competition over the future Obama presidential library.

A group of young Chicago activists are arguing that the University of Chicago — a leading candidate to host the library and museum — should be ruled out unless it takes action to restore adult trauma care at its medical center.

The lack of an adult trauma center at the hospital has been a perennial source of tension between the elite university and the predominantly African-American community surrounding the campus since the university medical center shuttered its unit in 1988, citing financial pressures.

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