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Chicago History: Arguments Thursday and Chicago Plans

chicago history: Blakey said he'll issue a ruling Tuesday, according to CTV. Recent Chicago history indicates lawsuits like the one filed by Protect Our Parks can stymie and even kill blockbuster projects, even ones proposed by VIPs with enormous financial and political influence. U.S. District Judge John Robert Blakey heard oral arguments Thursday on a key motion by city attorneys to toss a lawsuit by Protect Our Parks that aims to halt the Obama Presidential Center from ever being built in the selected location. A lawsuit brought by Friends of the Park helped scuttle a 400 million plan by Star Wars creator George Lucas to build a museum on public land next to Chicago's lakefront. As the litigation wound through federal court in 2016, Lucas ditched the Chicago plans. That suit, like the Obama-project complaint, argued the project ran afoul of laws dating back to the 1800s barring new developments in a 26-mile 42-kilometre chain of parks hugging Lake Michigan. ( As reported in the news.