$100,000 Reward Offered After A Noose Is Found On Construction Site Of Obama Presidential Center

A noose was found on the construction site of former President Obama’s presidential center in Chicago — Photo Credit: TonyTheTiger


Lakeside Alliance, the company hired to build former President Barack Obama’s presidential center in Chicago, has offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to the discovery of a noose on the project site.

Following the discovery, workers on the site were told to return home, and construction was halted, according to the Chicago Tribune. Lakeside Alliance said in a statement that they had notified police about the incident and that they will “provide any assistance required to identify those responsible.”

“We have zero tolerance for any form of bias or hate on our worksite. Anti-bias training is included in our onboarding process and reiterated during sitewide meetings. We are suspending all operations on-site in order to provide another series of these trainings and conversations for all staff and workers,” the statement added.

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“Our priority is protecting the health and safety of our workforce. We have notified authorities who are investigating the incident.”

The Chicago Police Department, according to Sgt. Rocco Alioto, has since launched an investigation into the incident.

The presidential center’s construction began last year, with the Obamas attending the groundbreaking ceremony. When finished, the center will be a tribute to the former president’s legacy. The structure will also house a museum, a forum, a library, and a green space that will connect the campus to Jackson Park.

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After the noose was discovered, a Chicago police officer went to the construction site to retrieve it. A white bag was allegedly given to the officer by a construction worker. According to reports, the bag contained what appeared to be a rope.

One of the workers on the site, Rico Pineda, told the Chicago Tribune that other workers notified him about the incident. “The first thing I thought was man, that’s messed up,” the 29-year-old recalled. “There’s still racism going around, even with a union job. This job is guaranteed to the workers inside until 2025. Why risk that?”

The workers are also unsure when they will be told to return. “They don’t want the locals they’ve hired to work fearing for their lives,” Pineda explained. “They said everything would be shut down until they found out what happened.” It could take a week, a month, or however long it takes to reassure people.”

Pineda also stated that security on the site is extremely tight and wondered who could have been responsible for the incident. Gov. J.B. Pritzker also condemned the incident on Twitter on Thursday.

“Hate has no place in Illinois. The noose is more than a symbol of racism, it is a heart-stopping reminder of the violence and terror inflicted on Black Americans for centuries,” Pritzker shared.

“I condemn this act of hate in the strongest possible terms, and the state of Illinois will make all needed resources available to help catch the perpetrators.”

In a statement, the Obama Foundation labeled the incident as a “shameless act of cowardice and hate is designed to get attention and divide us.”

“Our priority is protecting the health and safety of our workforce. We have notified authorities who are investigating the incident,” the Foundation added.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot also responded to the incident in a statement. “This afternoon I was made aware of a disturbing, hateful incident that occurred near the Obama Presidential Library construction site. Racism and racist symbols have no place in Chicago, and those inciting it will be held responsible for this repulsive act,” Lightfoot stated.



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