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Presidential Politics Hit Adler

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Presidential Politics Hit Adler

The Adler’s current projector. (Photo provided by the Adler Planetarium)

Presidential politics are hitting very close to home for Chicago’s Adler Planetarium.

In Tuesday night’s presidential debate, John McCain criticized Barack Obama’s efforts in the U.S. Senate to bring home the bacon.

MCCAIN: Three million dollars for an overhead projector at a planetarium in Chicago, Illinois. My friends, do we need to spend that kind of money?

Adler Planetarium President Paul Knappenberger takes issue with McCain calling the machine an “overhead projector” - which is a classroom accessory.

KNAPPENBERGER: What we requested was a planetarium projection system.

That’s what shows visitors to the Adler how the stars would look if the city’s lights didn’t drown them out.

KNAPPENBERGER: The current one we have was installed in 1970. It’s wearing out. It’s on its last legs. We’re starting to lose shows.

Obama did ask the Senate to help pay for the new projector last year. But the request never made it into a final spending bill.

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