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Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 at 5:03 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Why the Lucas Museum Helps Obama Library Pitch

Why the Lucas Museum Helps Obama Library Pitch

Chicago pulled off a major coup this week by stealing the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art away from San Francisco and Los Angeles. Meanwhile, the big push to score President Obama's library remains up in the... Read »

Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 at 5:07 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher
      

Task Force Recommends Site for George Lucas Museum

A task force charged by Mayor Rahm Emanuel with finding a potential location for a George Lucas museum has recommended parking lots just south of Soldier Field. Read »

Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 at 5:08 PM
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By Colleen Connolly
      

Mayor Assembles Task Force for George Lucas Museum

The 12-member team is searching for the best potential location for the museum. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013 at 4:43 PM
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By Haley BeMiller

George Lucas Donates $25 Million To Chicago Youth Program

George Lucas Donates $25 Million To Chicago Youth Program

Funds from the George Lucas Family Foundation will go toward the city's After School Matters program. Read »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

After spending much of the past year and a half out of the public eye Triple J is making a comeback!

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

Ed Burke

Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.

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