- Associated Press - Friday, May 1, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner has approved a measure paving the way for Chicago to use park land for Barack Obama’s presidential library and filmmaker George Lucas’ museum.

A state database tracking legislation showed the measure as a state law Friday, hours after Rauner said he’d sign it.

Legislators fast-tracked the measure, changing state law to let Chicago build museums on park or “formerly submerged” land.

A parks group has sued to stop lakefront construction of Lucas’ museum, saying it needs state approval. They also object to Chicago using park land for Obama’s library.

Two people with knowledge of the decision tell The Associated Press that Chicago will host the library. They spoke on condition of anonymity because it hasn’t been publicly announced.

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The bill is HB373.

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Associated Press writer Josh Lederman contributed.


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