CHICAGO (WLS) -- Construction of the Obama Presidential Center has been suspended after builders found a noose at the project site.
Lakeside Alliance, the company constructing the center, released a statement saying in part, "This morning we were informed that an act of hate was discovered at the project site. We reported the incident to the police and will provide any assistance required to identify those responsible."
The company said it has a zero tolerance policy for "any form of bias or hate on our worksite" and said it is suspending all operations for another series of anti-bias training and conversations for staff and workers.
A witness said police appeared to leave the construction site with a noose in a plastic bag.
"Especially at the Obama Center, Obama library, it was super shocking for sure," said Rico Pineda, works outside of Obama Center site.