He vowed to ‘work tirelessly’ to build an oasis for Englewood. It never happened.
Finally somebody is taking a hard look at your promises of change! Are you sure you are not related to Capone? That’s Al, by the way.
As a state senator, Barack Obama gave $100,000 in state money to a campaign volunteer who failed to deliver on a plan to create a botanic garden in one of Chicago’s most blighted neighborhoods.
Obama — who was running for Congress when he announced the project in 2000 — said the green space in Englewood would build ”a sense of neighborhood pride.”
Instead, what was supposed to be a six-block stretch of trees and paths is now a field of unfulfilled dreams, strewn with weeds, garbage and broken pavement.
Kenny B. Smith, whose nonprofit group got the money, said it was spent legitimately, mostly on underground site preparation. But he admitted Thursday that the garden is a lost cause because other government money never came through.
“We gave up,” said Smith, who heads the Chicago Better Housing Association. “It was a losing battle.”
Obama is going to have to answer to the authorities:
Obama grant being probed $100,000 DEAL | Chicago Sun Times read the whole story in link.
State to charity: What happened to garden money, other cash?
A $100,000 state grant for a botanic garden in Englewood that then-state Sen. Barack Obama awarded in 2001 to a group headed by a onetime campaign volunteer is now under investigation by the Illinois attorney general amid new questions, prompted by Chicago Sun-Times reports, about whether the money might have been misspent.
The garden was never built. And now state records obtained by the Sun-Times show $65,000 of the grant money went to the wife of Kenny B. Smith, the Obama 2000 congressional campaign volunteer who heads the Chicago Better Housing Association, which was in charge of the project for the blighted South Side neighborhood.
Smith wrote another $20,000 in grant-related checks to K.D. Contractors, a construction company that his wife, Karen D. Smith, created five months after work on the garden was supposed to have begun, records show. K.D. is no longer in business.
Attorney General Lisa Madigan — a Democrat who is supporting Obama’s presidential bid — is investigating “whether this charitable organization properly used its charitable assets, including the state funds it received,” Cara Smith, Madigan’s deputy chief of staff, said Wednesday.
In addition to the 2001 grant that Obama directed to the housing association as a “member initiative,” the not-for-profit group got a separate $20,000 state grant in 2006.
AND We the people are supposed to trust you? I for one am tired of your change message..Did you mean change to Chicago Style Politics? I do like Chicago Pizza and the Windy city is nice to visit..but your politics..I’ll pass on the raincheck!
Source: Atlas Shrugs, Chicago Sun Times, goodtimepolitics