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Michael Madigan
Illinois lawmakers fast-track OKs for Obama, Lucas museums

With fast-track votes, Illinois lawmakers pushed through legislation Thursday to ensure that Chicago can use public park land as a potential site for President Barack Obama's presidential library, while also paving the way for Star Wars creator George Lucas' proposed museum on the city's lakefront. Advocates for the city's public parks responded by accusing Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the lawmakers of using the city's widely supported bid for the Obama library to blunt opposition to the more controversial Lucas museum. They previously had sued to stop the Lucas facility, which they claim would be illegal if built as proposed, on filled-in shoreline that is now public. ...