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February 04, 2016

Judge Allows Suit Against George Lucas Museum to Proceed

A federal judge denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit opposing construction of “Star Wars” creator George Lucas’s planned museum on Chicago’s lakefront, keeping in place the last obstacle to building the project, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Preservation group Friends of the Parks contends the 17-acre museum site on Lake Michigan is held in public trust and that city officials did not have authority to lease it to the planned Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. Construction of the 300,000-square-foot, privately financed museum cannot begin until the case is resolved.

Friends of the Parks hailed U.S. District Judge John Darrah’s ruling at a hearing Thursday. "We're thrilled that the judge has upheld what we've been saying all along, that our case does have merit," said Juanita Irizarry, the nonprofit’s executive director. The organization says it does not oppose erecting the museum in Chicago but wants the city to select a different location. A spokesman for the city’s law department said it was reviewing the decision.