Emanuel hopes court appeal can save Lucas museum

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CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is turning to a federal appeals court in his increasingly desperate attempt to keep filmmaker George Lucasfrom building his museum in another city.

Emanuel's office says in a news release Wednesday that it's filing a petition with a federal appeals court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the parks advocacy group Friends of the Parks, which opposes the lakefront museum.

The announcement comes a day after the wife of the "Star Wars" creator said that the legal fighting over the proposed museum has prompted her and Lucas to start looking for a site in another city.

Emanuel says that if the court doesn't dismiss what he calls a frivolous lawsuit, "the museum will abandon its efforts to locate in Chicago."

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