Lucas Museum in Chicago: Deadline or no deadline?

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CHICAGO -- Friends of the Parks confirmed to WGN that they were told the deadline for them to accept the original site for the proposed George Lucas Museum here on the lakefront was today. But city officials say they have not given a deadline.

The city says it is past time for Friends of the Parks to drop its lawsuit against building the museum on protected lakefront land.

“Star Wars” creator George Lucas wants to build his legacy project on the Museum Campus.

Friends of the Parks is still at the negotiating table, reportedly demanding 5 percent of all revenues from the Lucas Museum be used for neighborhood parks and a guarantee that there will be no development along the lakefront for the next 100 years.

The city calls those demands outrageous.

Friends of the Parks is also polling members by phone.

While this battle has dragged on, George Lucas has opened talks with other cities including San Francisco.

Mayor Emanuel and other Chicago leaders have said losing the museum would be a blow.

“Time is not our ally here,” Emanuel said. “While they're sitting around doing different proposals and switching around and negotiating internally and making outrageous demands, the Lucases are looking at other options so time is of the essence. Time is not the friend here."

The mayor says he wants the Friends of the Parks to stop being an obstacle and start being part of the solution to get this museum here.


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