Construction company offering $100,000 to determine who left alleged 'noose' at Obama library site

Construction halted at site amid reported controversy.

Updated: November 11, 2022 - 10:28am

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A Chicago construction company is offering a whopping $100,000 reward to anyone who can help reveal the identity of whoever allegedly placed a noose at the site of the future Barack Obama Presidential Center. 

Major controversy erupted on Thursday after officials said the noose was found hanging at the construction site of the center, which is being built in Chicago's Jackson Park. 

Lakeside Alliance, the company in charge of building the site, responded to the controversy by "offering a $100,000 reward to help find whoever was responsible," the Chicago Tribune reported on Thursday. 

”We have zero tolerance for any form of bias or hate on our worksite," the company said in a statement, according to the Tribune. "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 company added. 

On Twitter, meanwhile, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker responded to the alleged noose by declaring that "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," he said.