Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a new legislation on Friday that will make it easier for George Lucas and Barack Obama to see their vision of a museum and a library a reality on Chicago.
The measure, which Rauner said would benefit the city and state, changes Illinois law to let Chicago build museums on park or “formerly submerged” land, such as the Lake Michigan-adjacent property where Lucas wants to build. Previously George Lucas has hit opposition from an advocacy group which threatened a lawsuit to stop lakefront construction on “Star Wars” creator George Lucas’ proposed museum.
Rauner spoke of both Barack Obama's library vision and the proposed museum from George Lucas:
“Both of those developments will be strong economic drivers for the state of Illinois, helping the overall Illinois economy as well as the Chicago economy with tourism and visitors, and help create jobs and more tax revenue.”
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