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April 24, 2015

Ill. Lawmakers Fast-Track Bill Backing Obama Library and Lucas Museum

The Illinois House and Senate approved legislation Thursday aimed at providing legal protection for Chicago officials' efforts to ensure President Barack Obama's library and movie mogul George Lucas's planned museum are built in the city, the Chicago Tribune reports. The swift passage of the bill by wide margins in both chambers sent it to the desk of Gov. Bruce Rauner, whose office has declined to comment on whether he will sign the measure.

The legislation, which surfaced publicly on Wednesday, clarifies language on the city's use of parkland in ways that would benefit both projects. Preservationist group Friends of the Parks is suing to prevent the proposed Lucas Museum of Narrative Art from being built on what it contends is protected property on the Lake Michigan waterfront and has also protested City Hall plans to locate the Obama library on parkland.