Thursday, May 05, 2016

Rahm, Mrs Lucas Switch Tactics

  • With Los Angeles and San Francisco breathing down Chicago’s neck, Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday made one last stab at keeping movie mogul George Lucas’ museum in Chicago: an end-run around a federal judge that experts called a legal long-shot.

    Emanuel asked the federal appeals court to issue a writ of mandamus — ordering U.S. District Judge John Darrah to dismiss a Friends of the Parks lawsuit that Darrah kept alive. The lawsuit challenges the mayor’s original plan to give Lucas 17 acres of lakefront land near Soldier Field.
Rahm, being a ballerina and not a lawyer, is intent on wasting more taxpayer dollars on an Ego Monument, not just for George, but for himself, and his inability to actually run something successfully. Legal experts have already declared this a "long shot" and pretty much dead on arrival.

Mrs Lucas is trying for the guilt trip approach:
  • Hobson said the museum would bring more than $2 billion in economic benefit to the city, thousands of jobs and education opportunities for children.

    "As an African-American who has spent my entire life in this city I love, it saddens me that young black and brown children will be denied the chance to benefit from what this museum will offer," she said.
Wow. We had no idea that the only black and brown children interested in Star Wars lived in Chicago! Did you know that? Man, do we feel guilty that a billionaire won't be able to buy himself a massive ego boost by dumping a building that looks like a giant albatross dropping on the lakefront.

George should look at this as being better off anyway. Anything built in Chicago in the past two or three decades is falling apart, collapsing, leaking, polluted, and generally crappy in design and function.

Plus, the amount of payoffs due to Chicago pols would make Obi-Wan have to reevaluate his pointed criticism of Mos Eisley Spaceport.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Junky old movie props and dated posters of carrie fisher in a funny hair style. What relevance does that have to a black or brown child in this day and age?

5/05/2016 12:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The wholly unwarranted playing of the race card killed ANY questions I had about this project.
I am a white female who grew up in Chicago, Mellody, and I have every bit as much concern for 'the children' and everyone else in this city. Probably more, because my concern is for ALL of them, not just those with a tan (or lack of a tan).
Even all of George's money didn't buy you class, Mellody.

5/05/2016 12:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't care either way if it's built, but jobs is always a good thing, and these " friends of the parks" assholes are just that, assholes

5/05/2016 12:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The design of the memorial for George Lucas looks like a big gangly, ugly furnace. If Melody Hobson is so worried about black and brown children (whites need not visit I guess--vervy nerve) then she should have hubby build the thing in their neighborhoods. Not fancy enough for her probably. She is darn pompous to think that building that ugly thing will bring in 2 billion dollars to the city....heck, the way new technology is moving...no one will want to go to a stuffy museum to walk around to look at old Rockwells and R2D2 with his squeaky, silly voice. Take the thing to another city.

5/05/2016 01:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's for the children.

5/05/2016 01:17:00 AM  
Anonymous BIG Spender said...

Is the location issue really opening up?

Someone said Waukegan wants it. What other Illinois city wants it?

It definitely would be a "destination" place and be good for tourism. ANY city in Illinois accepting a $1 Billion shot in the arm is going to benefit from it from an economic development standpoint.

The BIG question is, who are the "Friends of the Park" and what money do they have backing them?

From an outsider's perspective, they seem to be a lot more powerful than some typical "do-gooder" group.

Say what you want about the Lucas Museum, I think it would have been good for Chicago's weakening economy. (YES - WEAKENING!! Chicago needs some "new stuff".)

Not a fan of Rahm at all, but getting a major destination point like this, would have been good - not just for him, but for the City.

Now, back to the typical issues tearing Chicago apart - store robberies, strikes, and "Shots fired".

5/05/2016 01:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WTF?

As Gran'Daddy used to say:
"There goes some more of that BULLSHIT
I've been telling you kids about."

We have a far better idea...
Since George Lucas is so m/fing hot
to leave something to posterity,
we suggest he lies in state as a
human pickle just like Lenin,
but in a Forest Preserve
shit shack.

Rahm will be in a wheel-chair,
wearing diapers and still shilling
this "spectacle" like the low-life
carny barker he is.

Bunch of fucking bundlers, boodlers,
bullshitters, scammers, bojank artists and
lick hitters.

How about $2Billion in street repairs and
REAL traffic signal synchronization or some
similar such that can be considered as
something actually constructive?

5/05/2016 01:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on scc... I think she is talking about the not so distant future of chicago when the only ones left are black and brown.

5/05/2016 01:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The ego of Rahm simply can't stand not getting what he wants.
In Rahm's world it's either his way or the highway.
What a huge waste of taxpayers money by this egotistical bastard.




5/05/2016 03:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unless admission is free (and I doubt it highly), black and brown parents won't be PAYING to take themselves let alone their kids to this museum.

5/05/2016 04:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If she's so bent on building it for children of brown and black color then why isn't it built in Bronzeville, Chatham, South Chicago? There's more than enough vacant land. Put it in impoverished neighborhoods to raise their economic status. Put it at the old Michael Reese. No, this is the classic "I'm rich" so you have to kiss my ass and give me what I want. Bye George and Melody. We have a big enough eyesore on the lake with the flying saucer over Soldier Field.

5/05/2016 05:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From a troll reader taxpayer: I would like to see the whole museum idea and the people behind it moved to either LA or Frisco. You are right SCC, this is nothing but a huge ego monument to all involved and that can be easily demonstrated by listening to what is being said. Secondly, a learning experience for children? No, we should build a monument to a learning experience that teaches children how to read, write and perform mathmatical functions at the least, grade level. A monument for example could be a working school on the lake front. Finally, do not believe ANY of the numbers anyone tosses out into the public. We taxpayers will get hosed on this and the ego manics will skate off free of responsibility like they did with the bean park. Remember that deal? It will only cost $250mil and it will generate all kinds of excitement and revenue. Well it cost about $450mil and there is all kinds of corruption and hi-jinx associated with it. Rahm, work on balancing the city finances and fund our pension obligations. Either turn the CPS over to the state or get your nose to the grind stone. Get Karen out of the way and do what needs to be done at that circus. The last thing you need to worry about is the Lucas Museum. You priorities are all messed up son.

5/05/2016 05:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about a Billion Dollar Lucas Juvenile Thug Camp. Here problem children can be taken awawy from their derelict parent, taught discipline, math, reading above the third grade level and positive activities. When they graduate Thug School at 17, they can be sent to college. Or just let them sell dope and kill each other.

5/05/2016 06:07:00 AM  
Anonymous The Neanderthal said...

"As an African-American who has spent my entire life in this city I love, it saddens me that young black and brown children will be denied the chance to benefit from what this museum will offer," said Melody Hobson -- who looms so large in the lives of ordinary people that I had never even heard of her until just now.

As a European-American who was also born here, it disgusts me that "young black and brown children" are being played as a race card to try to ram through an ugly monument to America's self-selected elite. Bauhaus termite nest, modernistic trash burner obstructing the lake view.

We have reached the limit of this constant Tawana Brawley-style shrieking of "racism." Sometimes people get their fingers burned playing these games. To wit --

Three New York college students indicted for 'faking race hate attack' and falsely reporting incident which sparked protests

* Ariel Aguido, Asha Burwell and Alexis Briggs, claimed they were attacked
* The three students claimed their assault on a bus was racially motivated
* Police pressed charges against them, saying they instigated the incident


09:36 EST, 3 May 2016

Great surveillance photos of the hefty, 20-year-old "victims" punching people in the head --

http://tinyurl.com/zfsnhm2

But never mind. Unlike Hobson, I have never been "invited to give a TED talk, the ultimate sign of inclusion and recognition among those who pride themselves on their smarts."

Here -- no less than Vanity Fair claims that "The World Loves Melody Hobson." It must be so.

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2015/03/mellody-hobson-ariel-investments-fighting-stereotype

5/05/2016 06:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Take the thing to another city."

5/05/2016 01:13:00 AM

Hollywood -- where the whole thing came from.

"Star Wars" is just a movie, not a religion.

5/05/2016 06:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Black and brown children? Build a rap museum. Star Wars is a white thing. She's full of shit.

5/05/2016 06:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unless admission is free (and I doubt it highly), black and brown parents won't be PAYING to take themselves let alone their kids to this museum.

5/05/2016 04:55:00 AM

Bingo!

5/05/2016 06:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rham is a jerkoff me thinks. Egomaniac and shister are his good qualities me sees. An ability to steal hardworking peoples money is his goal. Oh the dark foreskin is evil in this one me knows.
Yoduh

5/05/2016 06:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to like George Lucas until his better half started flapping her yapper. He's just like all the rest of those La-La land assholes. It's a monument to HER ego and there is no other way to frame it. Go back to L.A.

5/05/2016 06:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Melody (what about the black and brown children) Hobson---St. Ignatius Prep, Princeton, Caucasian husband? Bitch, please.

5/05/2016 06:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Send them to Disney World, they can see the same things there....

5/05/2016 06:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Lucas making a large donation to the Chicago Catholic Archdiocese? Channel Seven news interviewed the most reverend mr. Flaker about the museum. He made his typical cranky comments about it and someone was stupid, etc...etc...etc... Who do they always go to him and Jackson for their predictable comments? I haven't watched their whole news program in quite some time. They are the leading news source in Chicago? Glad we have SCC!

5/05/2016 06:45:00 AM  
Blogger rosco said...

Don't build here.

5/05/2016 06:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Black and brown children",,,,,,,,unbelievable

5/05/2016 06:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A museum that isn't educational, plus airborne gondolas...all for the tourists' benefits and not the hard working taxpayers. Fuck you Rahm.

--No Cop Here

5/05/2016 07:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Wyatt Earp said...

If Melody Hobson is so concerned about Black, and Brown children then build your Toy museum in beautiful Detroit City. There are plenty of minority children there, and plenty of space available for Free. You can even build it any were that you want too. How could George Lucas opps'( I mean Melody )pass on a deal this good, and remember its for the childrens ....

5/05/2016 07:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's wrong with the Michael Reese property? Not good enough, not on the lakefront? This property is in Bronzeviille, the right color tone according to Melody.

5/05/2016 07:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Black and Brown kids don't even go to the Movie Theatres that were build in black and brown neighborhoods (62nd Western for example - millions spent on black owned movie theatre that has been sitting vacant for years).

5/05/2016 07:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The "black and brown" children they are so worried about being excluded from this grossly inflated project are too busy idolizing quintessential models of excellent human character and behavior such as the array of rap artists with lengthy criminal records and gang affiliations in every major city. Really, they could care less about some ancient white actors and futuristic saga that was formulated in 1979.

5/05/2016 07:13:00 AM  
Anonymous The Neanderthal said...

...and now this...

These Massive Futuristic Gondolas Could One Day Cruise Above Chicago River

May 3, 2016 7:29pm

"RIVER NORTH — [Styling] themselves "mad messengers" and "two crazy dreamers," a pair of Chicago business leaders proposed major gains to "ignite tourism" as an economic engine Tuesday in a speech to the City Club.

"Laurence Geller, head of Geller Capital Partners, and Lou Raizin, founder of Broadway in Chicago, unveiled...proposals for...aerial gondolas running along the Chicago River to Navy Pier, as well as live performances projected onto the back riverside wall of the Civic Opera House..."

Othello and Der Rosenkavalier to edify the growing number of homeless Chicagoans!

http://tinyurl.com/jmrlnb2

As in other cities --

"Gotham’s tax base has crumbled...tourists, as it turns out, are the key element here, for today’s New York, unable to sustain itself on indigenous revenues alone, now relies increasingly on an influx of cash from wide-eyed outsiders who come to town to see the sights and, naturally, spend some dough. The sad irony, of course, is that the dismantling of the city’s manufacturing base over the past few decades, which has necessitated this tourism-dependent approach, has also made New York a much less interesting place to visit. Once a city teeming with light industry...New York is now a perfect example of the country’s shift away from production and toward a service economy."

http://thebaffler.com/salvos/forty-two-pickup

5/05/2016 07:22:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. SouthSide said...

Couldn't Darth Vader have the Death Star send down a beam to destroy McCormack Place? That'll save money.

5/05/2016 07:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love Sneed's column today. They're also going the Father Phelger route proclaiming that this museum will be the 'first in the nation ever designed by an African-American woman! This will give tremedous hope and inspiration to young females nationwide!' I could go for this museum being built anywhere Outside the Loop - but after the outcry that no Lucas Museum completely devastates the 'black & brown children...' - TAKE YOUR MUSEUM ELSEWHERE! Built it in Pilsen, Englewood, Chatham, Kenwood, Roseland or Back of the Yards if those are the 'children' you want to help.

5/05/2016 07:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rham why not put this museum on a ballot? 51% of the votes will be the deal maker or the deal breaker!

5/05/2016 07:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This deal is hooked up all the way to the top --

'It's my favourite song!' Michelle Obama can't resist dancing to Uptown Funk during bizarre meeting with R2-D2 and a pair of Stormtroopers (and the president shows his moves too)

* Obamas danced with R2-D2 and couple of stormtroopers to 'Uptown Funk'
* The 22-second clip was posted on White House's Facebook and Twitter
* May 4 celebrated as Star Wars Day due to saying 'May the 4th be with you'


http://tinyurl.com/hm9fmjl

5/05/2016 07:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget rahm wants to borrow 1.5 Billion dollars to get this pathetic ugly building built! Thought Illinois and Chicago plus county's broke and bankrupt?

5/05/2016 07:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is more Evil -

Emperor Palpatine or Mayor Rahm?

Think carefully...

5/05/2016 08:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Pigpen said...

Who gives a S%@t, go back to Hollywood. Nitwit

5/05/2016 08:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That proposed museum drawing has the appearance of a brand new toilet, right after you put on the wax ring, just before you flip it over onto the bolts.

5/05/2016 08:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All this for something only a few want, or will enjoy. It will bring temporary jobs in building the shit hole and nothing more. Unless kids are getting in free no matter their color I am not seeing how anyone benefits outside of some rich people. Sorry Mr. and Mrs Lucus but you can keep your museum. If you really wanted to make a lasting dedication to the city of Chicago, try spending your money EDUCATING those black and brown children you seem to be so worried. Buy some books for the schools that needed them, pens, pencils, paper for teachers that come out of their own pockets to pay for things for their students in CPS. THERE is something worth doing! I think an education of a child, regardless to color, is more important that an ego stroke museum of old crap that I certainly have no interest in seeing!

5/05/2016 08:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the museum if for black and brown children why not build next to the Obama library/museum in Hyde Pk. Then we can have two places most people won't give a shit about going to.

5/05/2016 08:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ah, sucking the 'brown' children into the victim trap ...

5/05/2016 08:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many Black and Brown people were employed in making ANY of the Lucas movies? Dropping the Race Card on this one means nothing. Every museum in Chicago or anywhere depends on funding for maintenance and operation. That means that at some point TAX Dollars will be required to keep this Ego Monument going. So in addition to losing lakefront real estate that cannot be replaced, we will be saddled with operational expenses for the remainder of this City's existence! Remember, the Aldermorons bought a parking meter deal that will extend beyond our lifetimes! Think about it, somebody in Dubai is buying booze and prostitutes on YOUR QUARTERS from Chicago, thanks to Stumble and Mumble Daley. Let Lucas take his monument to San Francisco. Baby"G"

5/05/2016 08:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't comprehend the wrecking ball leveling a half billion dollar building for this nonsense. If it must come to Chicago, build it the former site of Finkl Steel off the JFK on Cortland Street.

5/05/2016 08:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If that rich folks ol'lady wants a Lucas Museum for the black & brown childrens, and they don't want to spend big money to try and buy lakefront public park property, then why the hell not just buy a few dozen parcels in The Englewoods Museum Desert. Plenty of land available south of 55th. Maybe o'Bams has some left over museum lots next to his proposed Book Repository.
Gimme-Gimme-Gimme...same old Democrat tune.

5/05/2016 08:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can Rahm cry the city is broke and has no money for schools or teacher, PD,FD, and city workers pensions but he can give away a piece of lake front land that is worth millions of dollars and no one has an issue with it....

5/05/2016 08:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The museum design looks kinda like the atmosphere processor from "Aliens.". Did Ridley Scott give the ok?

5/05/2016 08:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happened to the white children. Melody's statement sounds raciest to me and numerous others. Those kind of statements are not Chicago values per Rahn,Mel's bbf.Is this Museum going to be free admission for the black and brown children and the white children will be paying? Instead of digging holes Rahm,how about filling the thousands of potholes we have after a very mild winter. The street are deplorable and the crime rate is overboard and your filing law suits for a museum we don't want nor need. Take it somewhere else George .Quit the threats that your looking at other cities. Keep it in Calf with the rest of the weirdo's. And make sure you have gender compatible bathrooms.

5/05/2016 09:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only other museum built for an individual's ego was done on an episode of the Jeffersons.

5/05/2016 09:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lucas museum matters

5/05/2016 09:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Montgomery Ward knew exactly who the lakefront needed protecting from in the early 1900,s and nothing has changed. Elites with all the money in the world (Mr. and Mrs. Lucas have joined the ranks) want what they want when and where they want it. Thank goodness for the historical legal precedents he fought for and for The Friends of the Parks for continuing the battle!

Let them take their marbles and go to Los Angeles - Recent reports have the homeless population is ballooning there - more doorways to sleep in.

5/05/2016 09:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This just seems like a way for Lucas to make more $ on the taxpayer dime and Rahm to have his buddies in whatever industry graft from it. Who knows about friends of the park but considering that whole Park Grill thing happened can you blame them for being leery of getting the short end of the stick?

5/05/2016 10:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sell Lucas the Thompson Center and don't tell him what kind of pile of shit it is.Here George, buy this wonderful building right in downtown Chicago near public transportation! There are plenty of sheep for the black and brown children as potential sources of cellular phones etc!

5/05/2016 10:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Museum of science and industry, Shed aquarium, Adler planetarium, Art Institute. Take the brown and black children to those places. They will learn a ton more then going to some shit glorified movie prop house.

5/05/2016 10:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous BIG Spender said...


Is the location issue really opening up?

Someone said Waukegan wants it. What other Illinois city wants it?

It definitely would be a "destination" place and be good for tourism. ANY city in Illinois accepting a $1 Billion shot in the arm is going to benefit from it from an economic development standpoint.

The BIG question is, who are the "Friends of the Park" and what money do they have backing them?

From an outsider's perspective, they seem to be a lot more powerful than some typical "do-gooder" group.

Say what you want about the Lucas Museum, I think it would have been good for Chicago's weakening economy. (YES - WEAKENING!! Chicago needs some "new stuff".)

Not a fan of Rahm at all, but getting a major destination point like this, would have been good - not just for him, but for the City.

Now, back to the typical issues tearing Chicago apart - store robberies, strikes, and "Shots fired".
5/05/2016 01:17:00 AM

Friends of the Parks is me. And thousands others like me.
I don't always agree with their stance, much like any other organization. But I sure do on this one.
Leave the lakefront clear for future generations. If Lucas wants this giant tax dodge and monument to himself, it can go on the Michael Reese site or to the old Finkl Steel site or to the South Works site, all massive plots of land with a lot to recommend each one.
This "I'm gonna gift you a temple to myself with major demands attached to it" jerk can leave. Now.

5/05/2016 10:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go put your self serving piece of crap somewhere else...and take your wife with you. Don't need your fantasy land crap here...we got enough problems.

5/05/2016 10:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sick of politicians play Pharoah with taxes payers money.

5/05/2016 10:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With my luck I will be living on Obama drive soon.

5/05/2016 10:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

I don't care either way if it's built, but jobs is always a good thing, and these " friends of the parks" assholes are just that, assholes

5/05/2016 12:47:00 AM

Yes jobs are a good thing as long as the economics of the project are sound. It seems that city deals are long on promise but as the years go on, the projects rose glass tinted forecasts turn south. And guess who gets left holding the bag? The few tax payers that are left. If this was the deal of the century, wouldn't private investors be flocking to finance it? If Lucus will front the billion dollars needed to get this project rolling, no risk to the tax payer, let the project begin.

5/05/2016 10:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

develop the entire lakefront already. let's stop with this "free and clear" nonsense. the spirit of the ordinance was about the public's ability to enjoy the lakefront. That meant something different 100 years ago...

where's "friends of the park" in the face of the hundreds of disgusting individuals in the dozens of camps all over the entrances to the lakefront under the LSD overpasses stinking up and blocking the access to the city's best feature.

This town is an utter waste and embarrassment.

5/05/2016 10:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Build it in Englewood or Austin, that way the black or brown peopl will have easy access, what is she , racist.

5/05/2016 11:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Melody Hobson is so worried about black and brown children, invest her husband's $750+million contribution to this project into schools in Englewood or other "economically challenged areas or additional police or bringing new manufacturing and employment to these areas.

Why piss it away on such an ugly design. All she needs to do is buy a couple of empty lots near 63rd and Woodlawn, put two 40' shipping containers on the ground and a couple of porta-potties (maybe three because you now got to have one for the transgenders). Instant museum.

5/05/2016 11:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the concern truly was children and the city, then why not make it an anchor in one of our impoverished neighborhoods. The so called jobs it will bring can employ underprivileged individuals that always complain they can't get a piece of the pie. Combine it with the presidential library and back up your so called concerns for the citizens.

The reality is that your white elitist billionaire husband wants a monument to his legacy. The people of Chicago can see your true intentions and our mayor could care less about the citizens. I want to know what our mayor was promised in return for him getting this monstrosity of a museum built, it has to be huge.

5/05/2016 11:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im 100% Latino foreign born,Im not Brown I am Olive colored, Olive lives matter.

5/05/2016 11:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why don't they build this in Washington Park instead of the buffoon-asylum they plan to call the Obama library. Another useless waste of taxpayer parkland. Jobs from either? Bullshit! Only temporary construction jobs, and those will only be by those associated with the construction companies connected to the politicians and their graft chain. A handful of minimum wage jobs would perhaps be available to the community, maybe, but the six-figure overseer figureheads will be a favored person of the politicos.

5/05/2016 12:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't want my lakefront scarred by that ugly building. The lakefront belongs to the public and not to Rahm and Lucas. And by the way StarWars sucks in comparison to 2001. Now that's a movie.

5/05/2016 12:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HEY Rahm if you have 1.2 billion to waste on your and that NitWit Lucas ego's how about using that money to pay the citys bills and fund the police and fire pensions

5/05/2016 12:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No class Ms. Hobson. True cultural elitist you are. Race or no race. And what did Father Pfleger call them the other day? He called Friends of the Park, snobs. Really. Why doesn't Ms. Hobson encourage her husband to build his museum along 79th Street so the brown and black children could walk to the Narrative Art Museum. And they'd be near Father Pfleger too. This city has plenty of blight to clean up, why not spread it around..the clean-up part. 'Build it' in the neighborhood and 'they will come'. Double dare you to do that.

5/05/2016 12:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous BIG Spender said...
It definitely would be a "destination" place and be good for tourism. ANY city in Illinois accepting a $1 Billion shot in the arm is going to benefit from it from an economic development standpoint.

The BIG question is, who are the "Friends of the Park" and what money do they have backing them?

From an outsider's perspective, they seem to be a lot more powerful than some typical "do-gooder" group.

Say what you want about the Lucas Museum, I think it would have been good for Chicago's weakening economy. (YES - WEAKENING!! Chicago needs some "new stuff".)

There's that lie, again. Lucas was putting up 723 Mil. Not a Billion. And the city wants to borrow 1.2 billion to tear down McCormick East, for Lucas.

Friends of the Park appear to be exactly that. There was an initial shift on the McCormick site, but came back to their principles and said no to Lakefront development.

Where's the money from? How do they profit? By standing up for a long standing principle. They stood up to Daley II over the Kohls museum.
They're doing the same here.

Jobs. For Who?

And the hordes will be flocking to Chicago for this?

5/05/2016 01:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That Hollywood Crap belongs in Hollywood not here in Chicago. Or he can go and put it up in Gary Indiana , they need a Museum there lol . Rahm needs to put it up here for he can make more Millions and then tell the people again that the city has no money . Then he'll suddenly pull more millions out of Ass when he needs another project he Favors. RAM it up his Ass just like he does that to all the people in Chicago. If its not his way , Its the Highway to all.

5/05/2016 01:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Star Wars it is I go see.

5/05/2016 01:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i will taxes the air you breath.

5/05/2016 01:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sick and tired of "it's for the children". That line is only for black and brown children. Look what the Chicago public school system has done for the children. It's not about the children it's about how much money politicians and their croonies can steal.

5/05/2016 01:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rahm wants to give lakefront land away to a private couple AND spend billions of dollars of tax money to replace part of McCormick Place ($1.6 billion PLUS cost overruns PLUS interest). Hey George Loser and Hobson, go spend your own money and put it on the far southside, near all the black and brown and tan children.

5/05/2016 01:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny not that long ago Rahm would always try to qualify something with the phrase "It's for the children". Now everything is labeled it's for the poor young black and brown children...

5/05/2016 01:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, there were 3 black actors in the 7 movies

5/05/2016 02:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With her comment about only black and brown children would benefit? Go F yourself you racist B. We don't need this eyesore on our lakefront. Go build it on the fault line in California. As for you Mr. Ego Mayor start spending money on what is needed. Like paying down city debt. Repairing streets and alleys. Making the mandated pension payment to the police and fire dept. This is why we are so far in the hole. Spending money on unnecessary projects!!!!!!

5/05/2016 02:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember, the ballerinas brother Ari,is an investor on this deal.
I'm wondering why 9.5 is pushing so hard to build this jagoff museum.
Who's coughing the 2.1 billion$$$?

5/05/2016 02:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please kill this stupid thing off and send it to some other state. Its stupid, self aggrandizing, and will never come close to 2 2 billion in revenue, in this galaxy or any other.

5/05/2016 02:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if she was so concerned about black or brown children she should have insisted it be relocated west of her alma mater, St Ignatius. harrison and Kedzie?

5/05/2016 02:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great thougth Melody, your altruism is admirable, so let's really make the star wars schtictk really accessible to all the black kids who live in......Austin or Englewood. What a great place for a museum, more kids per capita than most other city census tracks, urban renewal, easy access, parking ect. ect. but Oh wait. less admission fees from the high spending tourists. the Empire would never allow that, would it? Oh well , I guess gangsta rap will just have to do.

5/05/2016 03:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about put in in englewood.

offer to buy up all those lovely houses at premium like 50 k.

Then you can connect it to the Obama museum buy a lovely new train.

It can stop right by Father Fakers Parish would he dare sell any land?

Yet No black Alderman are offering any land in their actual Wards. Lets give up the most valuable land right smack dab in front of Buckingham fountain. And if RAHM is saying knock McCormick place down, why are we building a basketball stadium?

The Media keep talking about billions but show never show any actual numbers! How many years would it take to make millions and a museums which would soak up tax dollars from the museum tax?
Yep their is a museum tax and only official museum can use it. Check your county taxes! And they still will charge Chicago residence to enter.

The garbage tax will save us all when they raise it to 30$ a month and tax on a recycle fee pops up too.

5/05/2016 03:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why isn't anybody from friends of the park trying to stop the Obama library from being built in a park?

5/05/2016 03:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How does a city open up a business? That's all I'm asking.

5/05/2016 03:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
I don't care either way if it's built, but jobs is always a good thing, and these " friends of the parks" assholes are just that, assholes

5/05/2016 12:47:00 AM

-----------------------------------

You are obviously not of Chicago, however, if you are, you certainly don't love your city's one truly great asset. Are you a member of "friends of ugly stupid ego museums"?

5/05/2016 05:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

screw star wars have francis ford coppola build a godfather museum featuring all the scenes from part 1 , 2 n 3 and let seiser run the security for it, why because francis coppola knows that seiser knows how to run it.

5/05/2016 05:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

100 years from now, most people will not know or care much about George Lucas. By the way... Will it have a transgender washroom?

5/05/2016 05:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why isn't anybody from friends of the park trying to stop the Obama library from being built in a park?

Because it isn't on lakefront property, moron

5/05/2016 05:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Old Retired Guy Here, Again !!!! Had to chime in, on this one. I use the lake front often. To wit; Walk, Ride Bicycle. I love the lake front, and want it kept, as unmolested as possible. I joined "Friends of the Parks" yesterday, with a small fifty dollar, tax exempt, donation. I feel they have a good argument. Preserving our lake front, is not a new concept. It has been going on for over one hundred and fifty years. Once we give into one project, it's over. Let me just add this observation. The power structure of this city,does not have a good tract record,with projects. Look at the "MESS" they made of Soldier Field. Check out Northerly Island. After Daley tore it up, they should have left it be. Now they have made an ongoing "Mess" of it. Anyway, stay safe, and keep up the good fight.

5/05/2016 05:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Chicago monomyth. Corruption. Greed. Vanity. Racism. Joseph Campbell would be so proud!

5/05/2016 05:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...


Why isn't anybody from friends of the park trying to stop the Obama library from being built in a park?

5/05/2016 03:38:00 PM

They did try. As I recall, it even caused a few resignations amongst their highest ranks when the mayor and the President's reps put the screws to them. The problem is, Friends of the Parks has limited resources and ultimately had to decide which war to fight. They had some influence on the choice of location, but it's pretty much all they could get.

5/05/2016 05:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Revolversaurus (ret) said...

It's all just a monument to ego nothing more. And a whole lot "the connected" reaping the benefits. The race card falicy no longer resonates with thinking individuals. Stick the Lucas', rahm, his Hollywood brother and that ugly proposed museum into the teleporter and "beam them up, Scotty!"

5/05/2016 06:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They stay at 16th & Indiana so when they look from their Penthouse what will they see?

5/05/2016 06:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's put it this way --

There was a time when my family tried to avoid days when busloads from certain areas of the city arrived at one of our lovely museums.

The screaming that echoed from the high vaults of the ceiling, the thunderous mass running on the marble floors that similarly resounded through the building like an artillery barrage, the cursing, the shoving...

Beat on -- don't push -- all of the buttons of an operating exhibit, although one does not have the attention span to stand still and wait for the beginning of the action and narration. Rush on to the next, hand-smearing the thick Plexiglas display cases all the way. Anything unprotected had to be bolted down, welded solid, and anything breakable would still be damaged.

What had been learned, what had been absorbed when the horde finally exploded back out the doors? It can't have been much.

In the absence of understanding, interest, insight, direction, or supervision, "design for the lowest common denominator" became the watchword of the exhibit construction/maintenance people. I saw a 2" thick armored-glass window in an historic undersea vessel punctured. It had once withstood 15,000 feet of ocean pressure -- now there was a trickle of dried spittle on the inside, obviously expelled inward through the new hole.

As I said, we tried to schedule our visits -- it became necessary to do so more than fifty years ago.

There was a time.

5/05/2016 06:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Couldn't Darth Vader have the Death Star send down a beam to destroy McCormick Place?"

5/05/2016 07:26:00 AM

They're still trying to recharge their batteries after laser-plowing all of those huge "XXX"s in Meigs Field.

Scotty comes at the run to report -- "Meester Spock! Some villain hae replaced our dilithium wi' Folger's Crystals!"

*

5/05/2016 06:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...


Well, there were 3 black actors in the 7 movies

5/05/2016 02:00:00 PM

The museum is not about Star Wars. Lucas no longer owns any rights to the Star Wars franchise.

5/05/2016 06:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Net worth $10BN Hobson and Lucas (aka White Chewbaca)

why don't you drop 1or 2 of those BN on the Black Brown Children (BTW very belittling and condescending) you so desperately care about?

That should pay for their education at The U of C Lab school.


As Kramden would say "To The Moon! "

5/05/2016 06:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Gran Torino said...

Highly doubt Lucas or Rahmulous can create jobs from this crap.

5/05/2016 06:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If anyone is truly interested in Lucas' previous attempt to force his 'museum' down a city's throat, here's a summary of how and why he failed to secure the site at the Presidio, with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge. (It's almost identical to how/why he failed here. As he said, he wants his building to 'stand out'.) He doesn't work or play well with others, whether it's in California or Illinois. It was interesting, though, that this article points out Rahm Emanuel INVITED Lucas to build in Chicago.

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/How-George-Lucas-bid-for-a-Presidio-museum-6232165.php?cmpid=twitter-desktop

5/05/2016 06:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Let them take their marbles and go to Los Angeles - Recent reports have the homeless population is ballooning there - more doorways to sleep in."

5/05/2016 09:37:00 AM

More like "fewer apartments people can afford."

5/05/2016 06:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT- I read in the sun times that Emmanuel is second guessing the police chase for a suspect wanted in a murder. So apparantly a chase for a murder suspect is a no no. Just let everybody go. I'm ok with that.

5/05/2016 07:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"As an African-American who has spent my entire life in this city I love, it saddens me that young black and brown children will be denied the chance to benefit from what this museum will offer,"

Read it carefully - Melody Hobson speaks in a stilted childlike manner, as if she doesn't quite grasp educated English. But it's good enough - I bet it got her a high-paying position.

5/05/2016 07:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rahm and Phleger want this museum so bad they can taste it.
They both look like they could cry because they're not getting their way.


Here's an idea:
Rahm: start funding our pensions and addressing the dire needs of the city not your superfluous bullshit.

Phleger:
Work on getting your "community" to stop shooting everything that moves.

5/05/2016 08:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck on the appeal Rahm ! Your crack legal team is like the F-Troop for government lawyers

5/05/2016 08:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about fixing the streets? How about killing off even 10% of the rats? How about fixing some of the crumbling El tracks that scare the sh!t out of me when I see them up close (rusty, crumbling, desperately need paint)? How about cleaning up some of the trash in the streets even in the "good" neighborhoods?

Isn't that what a mayor is actually supposed to preside over? At least if Hillary gets elected (God forbid) the little scumbag will probably go back to Washington. I don't hold out hope of us getting anyone better, though.

5/05/2016 08:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Build it in Fox Lake they could use the revenue.♠️

5/05/2016 08:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, Ms. Hobson...black and brown children will be admitted for free until their 18th birthday? FAT CHANCE!!!

5/05/2016 09:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...


If anyone is truly interested in Lucas' previous attempt to force his 'museum' down a city's throat, here's a summary of how and why he failed to secure the site at the Presidio, with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge. (It's almost identical to how/why he failed here. As he said, he wants his building to 'stand out'.) He doesn't work or play well with others, whether it's in California or Illinois. It was interesting, though, that this article points out Rahm Emanuel INVITED Lucas to build in Chicago.

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/How-George-Lucas-bid-for-a-Presidio-museum-6232165.php?cmpid=twitter-desktop

5/05/2016 06:51:00 PM

In other words, Emanuel PROMISED Lucas he could build here and now Emanuel has failed to come through. Major embarrassment.
There have been a lot of those lately.

5/05/2016 10:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about the Battlestar Galactica museum? I want it next to navy pier.

5/05/2016 10:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...


They stay at 16th & Indiana so when they look from their Penthouse what will they see?

5/05/2016 06:01:00 PM

Wait a minute. Mellody and George 'stay' at 16th and Indiana? Would that be in the Daley townhome in the gated community?

5/05/2016 10:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Build it in Fox Lake they could use the revenue.♠️"

5/05/2016 08:55:00 PM

Country Club Hills.

Round Lake Beach.

Open to further suggestions...

5/05/2016 10:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only way this place would bring in two billion dollars was if they used the force to take all the LiNK money from the parasites.

5/05/2016 11:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why isn't anybody from friends of the park trying to stop the Obama library from being built in a park?

They did, but Rahm got Springfield to actually do some work and pass a bill that allowed it. The difference with the Lucas Museum is the public trust doctrine that applies to shoreline property (which the desired site is because it is filled in swampland).

5/06/2016 12:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Melody Hobson speaks in a stilted childlike manner, as if she doesn't quite grasp educated English. But it's good enough - I bet it got her a high-paying position.

She's quite well-educated, quite well-spoken, and President of Ariel Investments, elite herself and misguided here.

5/06/2016 12:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If anyone is truly interested in Lucas' previous attempt to force his 'museum' down a city's throat, here's a summary of how and why he failed to secure the site at the Presidio, with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge. (It's almost identical to how/why he failed here...."

5/05/2016 06:51:00 PM

WOO-HOO! They don't even want this giant worm-tube in SF!

Fabulous research, my bro or sis. Here is your reward, all I can do here. Would pass along a fifth of "Genuine Corn Whiskey," label art copyright 1945. At at least one local "megastore" if ya look.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeLDLVImwYA

Put it up. Put it up. >grin<

God bless all here.

5/06/2016 02:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ask any 'black or brown child' in the 'hood who their favorite Star Wars character is & they'll have no clue what you're talkin' about.

5/06/2016 06:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The promise of 'jobs' is always there - but are these museums truly going to hire 'community'/ghettos slugs that can't even get their lazy asses to work on time? What a revolving door of hired/fired mopes you'll be seeing...

5/06/2016 06:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Kohl's Black and Brown Children's Museum has a great ring to it.

5/06/2016 07:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT- I read in the sun times that Emmanuel is second guessing the police chase for a suspect wanted in a murder. So apparantly a chase for a murder suspect is a no no. Just let everybody go. I'm ok with that.

Let's be blunt dude. The "murder suspect" was a guy who sold some heroin to a guy who overdosed on it. That's not really a murder suspect. That's a dope dealer with a user who shot too much shit into his veins. And that was all worth the results of this chase?

5/06/2016 08:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forever free, open and clear. Montgomery Ward.

5/06/2016 09:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She threw that race card out there fast. Yep, only black and brown skin kids will visit this museum. The white kids are too busy selling dope on the corners in Edison Park, buffalo Grove, Winetka, etc. What a dumb statement t to make but when you are rich and have some juice you always expect to get your way. Fuck it there is alot of Michael Reese property they can have.

5/06/2016 09:49:00 AM  
Anonymous The Neanderthal said...

"Isn't that what a mayor is actually supposed to preside over?"

5/05/2016 08:28:00 PM

Not anymore. Our new Rockefeller-funded "resiliency chief" "served as the director of the Mayor’s Institute on City Design in Washington D.C., a national program of the National Endowment of the Arts, United States Conference of Mayors, and American Architectural Foundation that works towards preparing mayors to be the chief urban designers of their cities."

http://sps.columbia.edu/sustainability-management/faculty/aaron-koch-Biography

The function of city government today is to make you pay until you bleed, while removing all choices about your life and your future, right down to cigarettes and plastic bags, and commissioning huge projects that don't have a bathroom but do have the effect of driving everyone out of the neighborhood so that a "task force on homelessness" can be convened to provide continued fat paychecks for others.

We need gondolas whizzing over the Chicago River -- and bigger ferris wheels!

Get it? Got it? Good.

Now tilt your head back and stare in awe and say go-o-lly at the coming 93-story luxury hotel/condos/"high-end boutiques" you will never set foot in. It is, after all, being built by "the richest man in China."

Does this put any mustard on your sandwich?

Quick! Pack yo' s__t and get out of the way of the bulldozers. "Flyover" coming through!

*

I came up in the middle of the Daley I/Julian Levi "urban renewal"/U of C land bank movement. All that dust and noise and upheaval, and I'm still waiting. For the renewal, that is.

"By and by, when the sidewalks are safe...for the little guy..."

5/06/2016 10:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Melody Hobson speaks in a stilted childlike manner..."

5/06/2016 12:32:00 AM

It's called con-de-scen-sion. Get those little half-glasses-on-a-neck-chain, position them on the tip of your nose, and look up pityingly at the "clients," speaking to them as though they were children.

Shouldn't that be "Melody Lucas-Hobson," by the way -- or is the hyphenation fad dying off among the A-listers, now that it has inevitably passed to the lowest reaches of society?

>snicker<

5/06/2016 10:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Wait a minute. Mellody and George 'stay' at 16th and Indiana? Would that be in the Daley townhome in the gated community?"

5/05/2016 10:53:00 PM

Hey, a few "GOLAN MOVERS" boxes in the basement, and you're in.

5/06/2016 10:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

President of Ariel Investments? You mean the firm that has a chunk of our pension? That Ariel Investments. Is it run by John Rogers the big BHO fan? Political all the way-- look who is father was-- for the old timers- Juvie Judge John Rogers. Ariel Investments? I wonder what the rate of return is for our fund from them?

5/06/2016 01:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Star Wars Museum, What a stupid, childish, imbecilic taxpayer money wasting idea. No wonder demoncrats are toppling like domino's.
TRUMP 2016

5/07/2016 10:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rahm, stroking himself off with the 4.5 hand again. But what else is to be expected from this Clinton-Obama Tool ?

5/07/2016 10:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Good luck on the appeal Rahm ! Your crack legal team is like the F-Troop for government lawyers

5/05/2016 08:12:00 PM

========================================

HEY! I was an F Trooper and I resemble that !

5/07/2016 11:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much educational benefit can there be from such a lame 40+ year old franchise?

If kids want to learn about space science, go to the Adler planetarium less than a mile away.

Real space science is more wonderous than that idiotic crap Lucas put out. Might find out what a parsec really is.

5/08/2016 12:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Might find out what a parsec really is."

5/08/2016 12:37:00 AM

Average attention span today.

5/08/2016 11:04:00 AM  

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