City ordered to produce documents in Lucas Museum suit

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By Josef Siebert

U.S. District Judge John Darrah reprimanded the city at a hearing Wednesday for failing to produce documents in the ongoing Lucas Museum lawsuit. The next status hearing in the legal battle over filmmaker George Lucas’s plans to build the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art on the lakefront near Soldier Field will be April 12.

The city of Chicago and the Friends of the Parks have disagreed over the scope of what papers the city should provide before the case goes to trial. These documents include communications between the city and officials from the proposed museum.

The lawsuit, originally filed in October 2014, aims to block the $300 million Lucas Museum from being constructed on the lakefront. Despite dragging its feet, the city has insisted it wants a speedy trial.

This is the third consecutive hearing in which the judge has reprimanded the city, according to Juanita Irizarry, executive director of Friends of the Parks.

“At the last hearing, the judge reminded the city that we had an actual trial date for March 14 that was set a year ago” said Irizarry. “The judge reminded them that the reason we are not at trial is because they have delayed so many times. The judge said we may get to trial this coming fall.”

Photo at top: (Lucas Museum of Narrative Art/LMNA)