Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Price of Rahm's Ego

  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration on Monday unveiled the details of its last-ditch plan to put "Star Wars" filmmaker George Lucas' museum along the lake, a lift so heavy the mayor might have to learn to summon The Force to make it happen.

    Not only would Emanuel have to persuade state lawmakers and the governor to let the agency that runs McCormick Place to borrow an additional $1.2 billion, they'd also have to go along with five future tax hikes. In an election year. At a time when they can't even agree on a budget amid a partisan impasse the likes of which Springfield has never seen.

    Against that political backdrop, the mayor gamely continued the sales pitch on his complicated backup plan for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, one that would see McCormick Place's Lakeside Center torn down, the futuristic-looking museum built in its place and a new convention building added west of Lake Shore Drive.
But remember - the city is broke. Rahm can't afford to pay our pensions. Chicago needs an extra few decades to pay legally owed debts. So let's hand out more crooked construction contracts and a sop to a dying convention business as crime spirals out of control and predators roam the downtown streets mugging tourists. Makes perfect sense!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

He said tax payers won't be on the hook for this, if the city borrows money how does it not affect the citizens?
"No tax payer support," who's going to pay back the 1.2 billion? These politicians think we're all stupid! Mayor, listen to the people and take a poll on who agrees the city should borrow $1.2 billion.
Wait a minute, isn't Rahms brother hooked up to Hollywood?

4/19/2016 12:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would bet my right nut that he will get the money... anyone willing to go against me?

4/19/2016 12:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The mind of a progressive and democrat.

4/19/2016 12:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's sue the twit has a fiduciary responsibility to us tax payers, he took an oath, sue him and them lawyers giving the advice.

4/19/2016 12:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Idiocy , or worse .

4/19/2016 01:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Heartless Taxpayer said...

On an earlier thread, someone said to forget the Lucas Museum and put all that money into teachers' raises and their pensions.

Let's examine this situation for a moment.

There is BIG money involved - no denying that.

Now, let's see the comparison of where to put the money.

The Lucas Museum would definitely be a new "destination" for Chicago and a VERY strong attraction. It would also be very educational. A new destination would help Tourism (that's new $$$$ coming into the city. New dollars = new revenues to funds operations - including schools.)

On the other hand, look at CPS. NO ONE is coming to Chicago to enroll their kids into CPS.

Let me repeat that - NO ONE is coming to Chicago to enroll their kids into CPS.

Fixing the school problem doesn't equate to shoveling more money into a less-than-mediocre institution.

Fixing it means cutting waste, cutting deadwood teachers, and focusing on better academics. What is the current failure rate at CPS? 50% dropout? More? What part of that scenario says teachers should be paid more money for cranking out a defective product?

If anything, a 10%-20% cut in pay would be a good "wake-up call" to announce a focus for "pay for performance". Don't like the deal? Leave. There are many who would take your place.


4/19/2016 01:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Pandering Pat Quinn said...

I'm for the Museum. I think it would draw a lot of people to Chicago and create some jobs.

Besides, I think they would have to have a parade to celebrate opening it up.

See you at the next parade.

4/19/2016 01:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep voting the same way Chicago... everything will get better as long as you keep doing the same thing...

4/19/2016 01:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dump the Lucas Museum. Let George go away and let Rahm and Company follow him. This whole thing is getting crazier by the day. Just to appease an old man's vanity. The museum concept is a bad idea....new wave technology is moving so fast that by the time they begin to build the thing it will already be obsolete...and maybe poor George will be too. Maybe he will have moved to Francisco and forgotten all about Chicago....whose to say?...what guarantee does Chicago even have that he won't split on a whim once it begins to be built and after we've borrowed a bunch of money up the cazoo? Whose to say?? Go away George and take your foolish self with you!









4/19/2016 01:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's all about appearances. Just like the bike lanes, blue bin recycling, and compstat numbers. Who cares if it acutually works or is good for the city. As long as these projects seem progressive.

4/19/2016 02:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heh...

Rahm The Weasel.

The m/fer who will slither around in a bar
picking up dropped money, lifting wallets, cutting purses
and grabbing a couple of nice jackets on the way out while everybody
else in the joint is busy duking it out.

We don't WANT that monument to FUCKERY
you improperly medicated, tone-deaf prick!

What purpose will a fucking star wars museum
serve here in Chicago?

Other than serve as a conduit to funnel even
more money away from us taxpayers?

Enough with the high price tag, giddy-assed,
lefty prog-tard breads and circuses.

Demolish McCormick Place for THIS?

This is nothing but a BIG F/U
to the taxpayers.

Rahm is actively burning money
to avoid having to pay what is owed to US.

By our reckoning, Rahm has torched north
of some $3 Billion dollars...

Not a penny paid to Police and Fire pension funds.

Oh yeah...
And these ignorant fools who are up their own asses
about "This is a perfect opportunity for Police reform?"

Those "reforms" will cost A LOT OF MONEY
Rahm doesn't want to spend.

How can these corrupt fucks perpetrate this fiction
that "Chicago is broke" when there are these unholy
amounts of money being thrown away on ego stroking bullshit?

4/19/2016 02:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope Rahm is laughed out of the city for this one. Borrowing $1B and jacking taxes 5 times? But it's the greedy city workers who are the problem. Riiight. In this backwards hell hole Rahm will get $1B and more. We're screwed.

4/19/2016 03:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If we don't pay our debt companies can garnish your wages. We can't owe the city for a ticket or we will get sparred. Let's garnish the city money and pay the pension debt. Take the city and Rahm to court. Seems it's ok for politicians to owe money but not us.

4/19/2016 03:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stuff like this makes me ILL! Chicago is in financial ruin! CPS is collapsing etc. etc. Chicago can not continue borrowing and spending. We DO NOT NEED THIS! Just like we didn't need the olympics either.

4/19/2016 04:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This museum is right up there with the Olympics that Daley wanted. It is a really bad idea and it should be stopped. Don't allow these two to wreck the lakefront. The founders of this great city banned building along the lake for a reason.

This "ego museum" is a turd. Don't pollute our lakefront.

4/19/2016 05:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rahm is certifiable!
Rahm! Have your brother and his hollywood pals foot the entire bill for this useless project.

4/19/2016 05:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The best part is when you see Political Hacks and Media Flunkies like Sneed telling us that people will come from all over the world to Chicago just to see the Lucas Museum! Really? Is there anyone out there who has gone to another part of the world just to see a museum dedicated to a series of movies? And if you are out there; did you spend billions of dollars while you visited wherever it was that you went to see that museum? Because it is over the long term going to cost billions of dollars to maintain the Lucas Monument. How Ironic, that Rahm, someone with a massive ego, is pushing a museum for another person with perhaps a bigger ego than Rahm. And the result of both egos, will be a legacy of massive debt for our grandchildren! Just add it to the debt for the parking meters which will be paid out for the next 75 more years, since they really need our quarters in Dubai. Baby"G"

4/19/2016 06:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The day of vanity projects is over. Government can't fund basic services, let alone a monument to someone's ego. Melody Hobson (Mrs. Lucas) was quoted in the paper the other day whining about "her husband isn't going to live forever, we have to get this done" and then threatening to build it somewhere else if we don't get hopping on it. Tell me why we need taxpayers to fund the museum of a movie director? Lucas, Hobson and a handful of their friends could build it with their own pocket change. Let them build it. Better yet, build it in L.A. It would fit right in. Hobson only wants it here because it would be a feather in her cap because she was born in Chicago. The design is hideous anyway. It looks like an Indian cooking tangine.

4/19/2016 06:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With all the competance that Rahm has shown, I'm sure this project woul be delivered on time and under budget.

4/19/2016 06:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just part of the Rahm rehabilitation tour. Just last Sunday he announced new streetlights for everyone. Then the new bike trails, money to prop up failing schools.
He's a great mayor, it's the CPD that is the problem
We are not broke, just stupid. The only good thing about this proposal is that the State has to get involved which I can't see happening anytime soon.

4/19/2016 06:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the fine print there are future tax increases to support the plan to pay for the billionaire's display for his ego!
What the fuck is wrong with the people in charge in this city, county, state and country? It seems that the 1%ers have all the money now and want any and all future money too! This bullshit has to stop! Ya, right......
Take his stupid museum to California where it will fit in nicely with all the goofs out there... Let them pay for it, not us!

4/19/2016 06:51:00 AM  
Blogger The Insane Fish said...

No money for pensions, health care for retirees, holsters for the tasers, or to fully staff the police department?

Follow the money. Melody Hobson not George Lucas is the mover behind this. Little Rahm is making money on this somehow. McCormick Place East should be a casino with the proceeds going to our pension fund not in Hobson, Emmanuel, or Daley's pocket.

4/19/2016 07:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And we still have the Fibune and Scum Times towing the corporate line. Well not just those two, ALL media.

4/19/2016 07:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rahm and his ego think Chicago and its' public lands are his to sell off like a bunch of crap at a garage sale. When he's done he'll take his wife's precious wedding dress and leave us to live with the mess he's making. He needs to be picked up and thrown over the railing down into the bowels of the Death Star. That is what he deserves.

4/19/2016 07:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Build this thing in Hollywood, where all the movie fans are more likely to go.

There is no local connection; it's like building the Museum Of The Cuban Revolution here. Similarly, that'd have a better draw if it were down in Havana...and maybe not even there, huh?

Another hooked-up scam to keep the "leased semi-dumps" full of demolition debris rolling one way, and the cement trucks rolling the other -- at a cost of billions.

4/19/2016 07:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

$1.2 billion. That could pay the city's bills for a while.

4/19/2016 08:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All of the shootings around McCormick place is great for conventions, however just blame the police and not the actual criminals. How's Detroits convention business been doing, keep bending down to the people who bring nothing to the table but kaos and we'll all be broke. Last one here turns out the lights.

4/19/2016 08:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh , let him build it here ( the giant silver volcano) and let the tagging begin! Damn ugly thing

4/19/2016 08:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And yet acres upon acres of vacant land sit a few blocks south where the city bought and demolished the Michael Reese hospital for the Olympics they were planning on getting. Even though that property is just steps from the lake front its not good enough for the Lucass museum or the Obummer library. Lets destroy more public spaces to appease the false gods.

4/19/2016 08:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think a Star Wars museum is the dumbest thing I've ever heard regarding preserving our front yard.

4/19/2016 08:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would add why is any taxpayer money being asked for a LUCUS museum. Lucus can afford it, let him pay for it. I do not plan on going to that museum and I certainly do not want to pay anything into it. Tax and spend is the only thing Dumbocrats know how to do, whether we want it or not! Fuck outta here with that bullshit!!!!

4/19/2016 08:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is a balloon pension fund payment that would right the shop for almost all city employees! May the fucking force be with you all!

4/19/2016 08:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The goal is to turn this into a communist city, where you pay almost all of your salary in taxes to the government.

4/19/2016 09:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chicago businesswoman Mellody Hobson has made it clear that her husband is determined to build and enjoy the legacy museum project in his lifetime..........
says it all. pony up sheeple

4/19/2016 09:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fuck rahm!!!

and the stupid museum

4/19/2016 09:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go to his brother Ari for a fundraiser, don't take it out of our pockets. Why all the bike lanes, elevated trails, Red Moon Theater bs when roads are crumbling and routinely tear up tires and suspension systems? Not to mention skyrocketing crime and taxes, and all the services being cut. Is a smoothly running city not glamorous enough that mayors always want to have some stupid useless legacy boondoggle?

Who is getting the money for the crumbling handicap sidewalk corners, btw? Whole corners torn up for weeks all over the city, and the rubber mats don't last a year.

4/19/2016 09:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cullerton was laughed out of town after the idea of a mileage tax.

So stand up people and tell Rham we don't need another waste of money
like the Lucas museum.

This city is running into bankruptcy and mayor is not listening since he gets his pension when he leaves.

Do not walk away but run from this city

4/19/2016 10:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THIS IS RAHM's Olympics, He is going to what Daley did to try to get the Olymics here, give shit away and bankrupt us in the process.

4/19/2016 11:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you look back, when this was announced, it was going to be funded by Lucas himself.
So now, since it going to be in Chicago, he has changed his mind and is feeding on the taxpayers too?
Gads, he has gone over to the dark side with Rham!!!!

4/19/2016 11:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What this city needs, more museums charging $25 to get in, (free for the underserved) and more attractants for the feral SuperPredators® to prey on doe-eyed tourists.
Hey, Lucas...pay your own way you cheap prick.
Hey Rahm, where's your priorities, financial savvy and your common sense, up Hillarys ass?

4/19/2016 11:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

I would bet my right nut that he will get the money... anyone willing to go against me?

4/19/2016 12:43:00 AM


What the hell would I do with your right nut if I win????

4/19/2016 11:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Pigpen said...

He knows he doesn't have a snowballs chance in hell to to run for reelection, so he's flexing this little muscles. What a worm.

4/19/2016 11:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like it or not Chicago is an international tourist destination. Which in turn results in hundreds of millions being pumped in to the economy each year. Some of that money ends up paying municipal workers salaries and funding city services. Considering this guy's movies are some of the most popular in history this museum would bring millions more to the city in tourist dollars. Look at the big picture sometimes.

4/19/2016 12:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...











I have an idea for how to fund the StarWars museum.

Have Rahm get his brother to round up all the Hollywood elite that made fortunes off of The Empire.
Start with Lucas himself.
Then move on to the producers and studio owners whose roots can be traced back to the same region of the world as Rahms clan.
Get all the cast members from Luke Skywalker, to Han Solo, to Obi-Wan Kenobi, to James Earl Jones, to the midget in the R2-D2 costume.
Have them ALL cash in a few savings bonds each, take mortgages on their 2nd, 3rd, and 4th estates, put a few shekels less in the credit union, switch from imported to domestic....EVERYTHING!
Send their spawn to State schools instead of Ivy League.
And, oh yeah.....turn off a few lights!!!!!

Once Ari makes them all turn their pockets inside out there should be plenty to build the museum AND a Death Star for Rahm to move his family into, since his block isn't even safe enough for the prince of the throne to "loiter about" while talking to the college counselor.

Once the museum is built, complete with bulletproof windows, let them sell admission tickets for whatever friggin' price they want until their investment has been recovered.

Of course there would be a finders fee for Rahm and customary commission for Ari. Duh!!!

After the Hollywood Investment Club has been reimbursed in full, the ticket booth key will be turned over to the 5 charities (revenue divided equally) that receive the most votes on a ballot attached to the Presidential general election.

Parking will be FREE.
That's right FREE parking!! In Chicago no less!!!
Just on general principle.

Plus that leaves a little sumtin' sumtin' on the bone for Mayor Darth Emmanuel, when he wins re-re-election, to impose a fee on. He can use the museum parking money windfall to outfit all the gang members with body cameras so that they can be protected from violating each other's civil rights and such. You feelin' me, dog?

Simple right?
Why didn't Tiny Dancer think of this himself?

4/19/2016 12:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Take the ship museum somewhere else in 40 years everyone will wonder why the monstrous thing was built and the taxpayers will still be paying out for it.

4/19/2016 12:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Privatization of parts of the MPEA has limited FOIA requirements.

4/19/2016 12:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rahm LIKES buying private enterprises....just look at the Private DePaul, Catholic University Basketball Stadium he's building with 70 million dollars from Taxpayers. and Now, he wants a Lucas Museum for the VANITY of a mega millionaire who might not even stick around...we know Rahm is gone after he finishes his stint as Mayor. We'll be left holding the big, big bags. Call 311 and alert to the coming emergency.

4/19/2016 12:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't you realize that this project will create millions of good paying long term jobs and bring in billions of dollars in tourist money? Just ask Rahm.

4/19/2016 01:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Duck Luke Skywalker!

4/19/2016 01:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Obama had a son would he look like Luke Skywalker?

4/19/2016 01:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Abra cadabra 1.2 Billion appear, and now for my next act watch me make this pension fund dissappear!!!

4/19/2016 01:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...


Rahm is certifiable!
Rahm! Have your brother and his hollywood pals foot the entire bill for this useless project.

4/19/2016 05:35:00 AM

The problem is, they might do just that.
But the building would still negatively impact our lakeshore for its entire 300 year 'lease'.
And it will still be butt-ugly once the melting Lucas spaceship lands there.
.

4/19/2016 02:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love star wars, I would love to see this museum. I also would love to have a life size R2D2 robot that works by remote control. The problem is I CAN'T AFFORD AN R2D2 ROBOT, SO I DON'T BUY ONE! Rahm is rich and has gotten there using everyone elses money. He, and many other politicians, think nothing of spending everyone elses money so long and they get what they want and keep giving contracts to friends and family.

4/19/2016 02:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blogger The Insane Fish said...

No money for pensions, health care for retirees, holsters for the tasers, or to fully staff the police department?

Follow the money. Melody Hobson not George Lucas is the mover behind this. Little Rahm is making money on this somehow. McCormick Place East should be a casino with the proceeds going to our pension fund not in Hobson, Emmanuel, or Daley's pocket.

4/19/2016 07:04:00 AM

I'm not sure that Rahm is making money from this, but the currency he seeks is prestige and future favors. I'm sure he already promised Ari and Lucas that he's the rainmaker who can make this happen and his ego won't allow anything less.

And then, there will be that little sign at the entrance, saying 'Dedicated April 1st, 2019, RAHM EMANUEL, Mayor of Chicago'. Don't you folks (or people) get what's truly important in life!?!


4/19/2016 02:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rahms ego he gave millions in free city services to NFL to have the draft here taxpayers lose millions again rahm and company disrupt city taxpayers and commuters closing streets for billionaire NFL owners:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-nfl-draft-chicago-street-closures-20160419-story.html

last year we lost how much rahm??

4/19/2016 02:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They should put this thing in Orlando or Las Vegas!

At least the weather is better and so is the scenery!

This crooked city sucks at all levels!

Da Pelon

4/19/2016 03:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

O.T. More Money well spent per the state audit on Quinn's re-election (oops) I mean anti violence program
• St. Sabina Employment Resource Center – budget of
$254,667; and,
• ARK of St. Sabina – budget of $781,594. (pages 96-98)
CAP officials stated that there was no analysis to
determine whether there was a reduction in violence; rather,
the programs were assessed based on whether the objectives
outlined in the contracts were met.

4/19/2016 03:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who wants that ghetto fabulous ugly building, Lucas your not from here build it in Hollywood where the idiots would like it. Rahm stop putting city in jeopardy and the taxpayers in hock for your pathetic pandering what's in it for you beside extra cash from connected contractors? Fund police pension immediately you owe you owe it's off to jail you go!

4/19/2016 06:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone please drug test Rahm because I think he is smiling crack again--

4/19/2016 06:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am by no means a global traveler. Been to europe and some large cities in the US.Not once did i base my travel plans on a museum.if i happened upon it,ok.
fuck rahm the land grabber, and the hollyweird libtard.

4/19/2016 06:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember the "Arthur Rubloff Collection of Paperweights" at the Art Institute? Shrewd real estate developer Rubloff donated his paperweight souvenirs to Art Institute, a minor art collection at best and a kitschy collection at worst, insisting that a museum wing be constructed to house his donation. A clever estate-planning tax dodge, and a permanent monument to monumental ego. Art Institute visitors and Chicago tourists certainly don't seek out the "Rubloff Collection".

Hobson and Lucas propose a similar estate-planning tax dodge, creating a new museum to house their "donation" of "artifacts" in Lucas' collection of career memorabilia. Lucas was an extraordinary producer of movies, but not a notable director, most famous for a series of movies that will only be a footnote in movie history within a decade. No, Stars Wars will not attract significantly more tourists to Chicago, not to justify $1.2 billion in public-sector construction, nor MPEA and/or City of Chicago donation of $100,000,000 in land-value leased at that ridiculous $10/year lease-rate. This Lucas Museum proposal demonstrates the truly ugly side of Chicago's long history of crony politics.

If Hobson and Lucas truly wanted to make a lasting "gift" to Chicago, I'd suggest auctioning that trove, and donating the funds to Chicago Public School system to whittle down its massive debt. And I hope that Hobson endows St Ignatius HS with her millions, because without Ignatius, there would be no Hobson hobnobbing today, insisting that "Chicago owes her husband Lucas a museum site". This museum is a stupid idea. Chicago is under seige; more debt, more sweetheart deals, more ridiculous pantheons to cronyism is not needed.

4/19/2016 07:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go to his brother Ari for a fundraiser, don't take it out of our pockets. Why all the bike lanes, elevated trails, Red Moon Theater bs when roads are crumbling and routinely tear up tires and suspension systems? Not to mention skyrocketing crime and taxes, and all the services being cut. Is a smoothly running city not glamorous enough that mayors always want to have some stupid useless legacy boondoggle?

Who is getting the money for the crumbling handicap sidewalk corners, btw? Whole corners torn up for weeks all over the city, and the rubber mats don't last a year.

4/19/2016 09:53:00 AM


That is TRUTH right there!

4/19/2016 07:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like it or not Chicago is an international tourist destination. Which in turn results in hundreds of millions being pumped in to the economy each year. Some of that money ends up paying municipal workers salaries and funding city services. Considering this guy's movies are some of the most popular in history this museum would bring millions more to the city in tourist dollars. Look at the big picture sometimes.

4/19/2016 12:13:00 PM
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You conveniently overlook the costs involved, such as the free 300 year lease of our most valuable asset, the lakefront. You ignore that billion dollar loan elephant in the room. You ignore the cost, monumental inconvenience and infrastructure issues of demolishing the existing building and the loss of revenues from that building.
You ignore the fact that it would violate the public trust, which promises a clear lakefront to the citizens of Chicago, in perpetuity.
This is another parking meter sale. Shove it down our throats, ramifications be damned. Then, oh! SHOCK! When the true costs and the true outcome become clear, the one percenters will giggle hysterically at the stupidity and shortsightedness of the peasants. Again.

4/19/2016 08:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about putting a casino at that location??? Dean, are listening... ??? Remember you included the lie of the casino proceeds to go towards our pension "when" it's built... How about all the proceeds from the Star Wars museum go towards our pension.. I'll even settle for a fair percentage ??!!!

4/19/2016 08:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obi Wan: "Use the Force, Rahm".
Rahm: "You mean call Barak??"
Obi Wan: Facepalms self...

Indiana looks better every day...

4/19/2016 09:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Like it or not Chicago is an international tourist destination. Which in turn results in hundreds of millions being pumped in to the economy each year. Some of that money ends up paying municipal workers salaries and funding city services. Considering this guy's movies are some of the most popular in history this museum would bring millions more to the city in tourist dollars. Look at the big picture sometimes.

4/19/2016 12:13:00 PM

Question: Are you on the clock at City Hall when you post this shit? And are you old enough to remember the Ewoks? And Jarjar Binks? Lucas is a giant doofus!

4/19/2016 10:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who's Melody Hobson????

4/19/2016 11:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They should put this thing in Orlando or Las Vegas!

No, It should be at Tommy Bartlett's Robot World in the Dells!

4/19/2016 11:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What exactly will be in this museum?

Disney owns Star Wars and I don't see them letting Lucas set up a museum after they paid him $4 Billion. With that kind of money he could fund the museum himself. Not sure what he will be allowed to put in it.

4/20/2016 12:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where would the Chicago Auto Show be held? Mobbed up Rosemont?
Better place would be wherever they decides to put the 'Bama library...

4/20/2016 12:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Who is getting the money for the crumbling handicap sidewalk corners, btw? Whole corners torn up for weeks all over the city, and the rubber mats don't last a year."

4/19/2016 09:53:00 AM

Some of these things are like brick-colored Spackle, with thin reinforcing wire that works its way up to trip you. 1 55-foot truck runs its rear dualies up and over the curb, and >crunch< that's it.

So it needs replaced. More $$$.

Let's go saw some more useless "drainage grooves" down the alleys while we're at it -- if they can work through the rubber "speed bumps."

4/20/2016 01:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Like it or not Chicago is an international tourist destination...."

I've traveled to several countries around the world. While I've been to museums on those travels, never did I go to a country (or U.S. destination for that matter) specifically to go to a particular museum. How about you?

4/20/2016 05:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like it or not Chicago is an international tourist destination. Which in turn results in hundreds of millions being pumped in to the economy each year. Some of that money ends up paying municipal workers salaries and funding city services. Considering this guy's movies are some of the most popular in history this museum would bring millions more to the city in tourist dollars. Look at the big picture sometimes.

4/19/2016 12:13:00 PM


I am looking at the big picture here. I don't want anything on the lakeshore that we don't already have, just like the City forefathers wanted. It is the jewel of the city. Don't muck it up with some ugly "ego" building.

Finally, you all know this is NOT a Star Wars Museum. It is some nonsense for creative arts. Think poetry slams and un-employable, tattooed, self involved narcissists with facial jewelry. There you go. THAT'S worth giving our lakefront up for isn't it?

4/20/2016 05:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They should put the Obama library next to the Star Wars Museum on Northerly Island and we could rename it to Fantasy Island. With all that financial weight and bull shit maybe the damn thing could just sink into the lake then and we'd be done with it. Submarine tours of the Obama library would not only be fun but it would truly encapsulate the state of affairs here in Chicago and Illinois- the sinking, the waste, being underwater, etc. Maybe a new police Marine, or Submarine Unit then? Hey maybe we could have tours done with the U505 right out of the museum? Wouldn't that be cool?

4/20/2016 06:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This summer, my family will travel to visit the acclaimed 'Flash Gordon' museum...

4/20/2016 07:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who's Melody Hobson????

lucas' Chicago born wife

4/20/2016 07:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chicago needs this shitass museum like rham needs another term!

4/20/2016 11:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

"...Let's go saw some more useless "drainage grooves" down the alleys while we're at it -- if they can work through the rubber "speed bumps."

4/20/2016 01:00:00 AM

Aye...

We admit to "feeling a certain way" about "street-scaping."
"Cobblestone" cross-walks, those rubber mat curb cutouts,
those curb bump-outs, etc...

It all started with those God-Forsaken median planters,
round-abouts and median curb-thingys for left turn lanes...

(Should we ever encounter whoever started this
silly shit, we swear, aver and attest that we WILL plant
a goodly sized boondocker dead in their ass)

Some distracted asshole hit our personal vehicle while trying
to make a U-turn from the FAR RIGHT lane.
(as we were rolling to a stop for a red light)
We had NO ROOM for evasive maneuver
because of a damned foot high turn lane divider.

Coulda tried but didn't want to chance knocking
the tire off the rim or fucking up the suspension
so we cut the wheel and braked. HARD.
Dumb-Ass just wasn't paying attention.

After that, we would list these obstructions as
a contributory cause for every traffic crash we
responded to, if we could.

Elect US mayor...
We'd have ALL that shit torn out.
🙃

4/20/2016 01:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...


"Like it or not Chicago is an international tourist destination...."

I've traveled to several countries around the world. While I've been to museums on those travels, never did I go to a country (or U.S. destination for that matter) specifically to go to a particular museum. How about you?

4/20/2016 05:31:00 AM

(I'm not the original poster...)
Actually, I have. The Hermitage.
Would I go for the George Lucas Patting-Myself-on-the-Back Museum? No.
I wouldn't even make a trip across the city for that nonsense.

4/20/2016 01:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who's Melody Hobson????

4/19/2016 11:12:00 PM


Mellody Hobson is Mrs. George Lucas.

4/20/2016 01:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finally, you all know this is NOT a Star Wars Museum. It is some nonsense for creative arts. Think poetry slams and un-employable, tattooed, self involved narcissists with facial jewelry. There you go. THAT'S worth giving our lakefront up for isn't it?

Dont kid yourself that is the next generation of police officers

4/20/2016 01:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Like it or not Chicago is an international tourist destination...."

I've traveled to several countries around the world. While I've been to museums on those travels, never did I go to a country (or U.S. destination for that matter) specifically to go to a particular museum. How about you?

4/20/2016 05:31:00 AM

I went to Dayton OH just to see the Air Force Museum. Also the Ford Museum in Dearborn MI. Both worth the overnight trip especially if you have kids.

4/20/2016 01:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People are in jail for way less.

4/20/2016 03:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Borrow billion to get millions backs sound like a great investment and the money will go to a foreign company while taxes payers foot the bill for things downtown that average might use once in their life time.

4/20/2016 03:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The star trek musuem w rham w spock ears would be better.

4/20/2016 03:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who gets the cash this museum generates? Will the public schools be funded? Will the pensions finally get paid? Skullduggery and graft abound from chicago's mayor!

4/20/2016 04:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Agency that runs and owns McCormick PLace, MPEA - Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority is corrupt and racist. They have lost multiple lawsuits alleging race discrimination as well as sex discrimination.

4/20/2016 05:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...


Who gets the cash this museum generates? Will the public schools be funded? Will the pensions finally get paid? Skullduggery and graft abound from chicago's mayor!

4/20/2016 04:08:00 PM

Oh, goodness, no! The Lucas Museum gets the money the Lucas Museum generates, to keep the Lucas Museum open and operating. You peasants can go pound sand.

4/20/2016 06:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The budget for this Museum has nothing to do with CPS. Stop thinking every penny that is for something else should be sent to CPS. One of TWO things is gonna happen in the end:

1. CPS will file for bankruptcy

or

2. The state WILL take it over

4/20/2016 10:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Like it or not Chicago is an international tourist destination...."

I've traveled to several countries around the world. While I've been to museums on those travels, never did I go to a country (or U.S. destination for that matter) specifically to go to a particular museum. How about you?

4/20/2016 05:31:00 AM

I went to Dayton OH just to see the Air Force Museum. Also the Ford Museum in Dearborn MI. Both worth the overnight trip especially if you have kids.


4/20/2016 01:48:00 PM

Henry Ford museum is well worth the trip. I went to Madrid to visit the Prado.

4/20/2016 10:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a hard time understanding anyone who thinks this museum (or any other) belongs on the lakefront. The lakefront needs no embellishment. We have Montgomery Ward to thank for the lakefront we have, not a fucking wall of high rises filled with rich people. Forever open, free, and clear. What in the hell is so hard to understand about that. Put the ugly piece of shit anywhere but on the lakefront. Another rich fat head telling the peasants what to do. Star Wars, who gives a shit.

4/20/2016 10:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
The Agency that runs and owns McCormick PLace, MPEA - Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority is corrupt and racist. They have lost multiple lawsuits alleging race discrimination as well as sex discrimination.

4/20/2016 05:41:00 PM

Quick! Let's appoint a blue ribbon committee to create a report on that!!

4/21/2016 09:04:00 PM  

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