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This is The Players, your update on who's who in Illinois politics and what they're up to. We encourage you to comment on Illinois leadership.Amanda Vinicky curates this blog that will provide follow-up to full-length stories, links to other reports of interest, statistics, and conversations with you about the issues and stories.

Legislative Force With Lucas, Obama Museums

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The force of the Illinois legislature is behind bringing George Lucas's museum and Barack Obama's presidential library to Chicago.

When the legislature's leaders want something done, they can make it happen in rapid fashion. A measure to ward off legal problems that could prevent the Star Wars creator's museum and the President's library from being located in Chicago first popped up Wednesday evening. Less than 24 hours later, it's on the way to the governor. It's supposed to take at three days at minimum for that to happen. But this measure had support from leaders like House Speaker Michael Madigan.

"Current and future generations deserve the opportunity to learn firsthand the impact of Pres. Obama on Illinois as a member of the General Assembly, a United States Senator, our President and to also learn how our state had an impact on him," Madigan said.

Madigan says the measure clarifies a presidential library's an appropriate use for Chicago Park District land. It also removes the crux of a legal argument opponents of the Lucas museum are using in a lawsuit to keep it from landing on the city's lakefront.

Gov. Bruce Rauner's office refused to comment when asked if he'll sign it into law, but in a potential signal of support, his key Republican allies voted for it.

President Obama is expected to announce where he'll locate his library and museum next month.

Amanda Vinicky moved to Chicago Tonight on WTTW-TV PBS in 2017.
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