‘Chicago is where everything most precious to me begins,’ Obama says at center’s groundbreaking ceremony

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Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — As former President Barack Obama took the podium during his presidential center’s long-delayed groundbreaking, he looked back on his first taste of the city that would forever shape him: driving up the Chicago Skyway in a rickety car, slowing to a cruise upon entering the marvel that he considered Jackson Park. Then came the important milestones that unfolded nearby over the next two decades — cutting his teeth in politics through community organizing, meeting and courting his future wife and building a coalition that would eventually help elect the nation’s first Black president. On…

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