Friends of Parks denies reports of dropping Lucas museum lawsuit


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CHICAGO -- There are conflicting reports about the future of the Friends of the Parks Lucas Museum lawsuit.

On Friday morning, The Sun-Times and others reported the group voted to restart negotiations with the city in order to move plans forward with the George Lucas museum, including dropping their lawsuit against the city to block the museum from being built near Soldier Field.

Friends of the Parks has denied those reports. FOP Board President Lauren Moltz and Executive Director Juanita Irizarry released a statement saying:

"Contrary to recent reports, our board remains fully united on the preservation of our lakefront and ensuring that the public trust doctrine is not ignored.  We do believe that the Lucas Museum has a place in Chicago for all to enjoy, but not at the expense of one our most precious public resources.  We have always said we were open to discussions.  Anything else you hear is rumor and speculation. We are not dropping the lawsuit."

On  Thursday, Mayor Emanuel reportedly offered a favor to Friends of the Parks to get that lawsuit dropped . He's said he is willing to support adding 525 acres of lakefront parkland in a project known as "The Last Four Miles."

The cost was $450 million when it was first proposed in 2009.

No word on what it would cost now, or where the mayor would get the money.

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