Mayor makes push for both Obama library, Lucas museum

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Chicago is in the running for two big projects. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is directing a a panel to find a possible site for Star Wars producer George Lucas’s film-making museum and also making a for the city to be President Obama’s choice for a presidential library and museum.

“It’s a no brainer in my view,” Emanuel said at an event celebrating a groundbreaking on a new playground today. “We are going to remind (Obama) subtly this is where his wife is from. This where his kids were raised.”

Both Hawaii where the President was born, and New Work where the president went to school are expected to bid for the library as well

Chicago got a big boost from the state today as well. A bill from Speaker Michael Madigian would put $100 million dollar bond up in Chicago’s favor.  The mayor testified at a hearing earlier today.

“This investment of $100 million dollars will be returned dividends way beyond the city of Chicago,” Emanuel said at a hearing earlier today.

In addition to putting the city’s best foot forward for the presidential library, the mayor also took the first steps in getting another museum in Chicago involving George Lucas.

obamalucasThe film maker and mind behind Star Wars and so many other iconic films first tried to get his museum of art and movie memorabilia in San Francisco has since turned his attention to Chicago.

The task force is to report back to the Mayor on the Lucas museum by mid-May.

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