Would Lucas Museum Be Built with Prevailing Wage Workers?

I read Chicago Tribune columnist Blair Kamin’s piece this Sunday morning.

A Sunday Chicago Tribune analysis of George Lucas' Star Wars museum looks behind the glitter.

A Sunday Chicago Tribune analysis of George Lucas’ Star Wars museum looks behind the glitter.

The plan to circumvent prohibition of the construction of private buildings on the Lakefront is have George Lucas build it privately, then turn it over to the Chicago Park District so it would a public building.

Looking at the agreements with the other museums, the reporter finds that they are privately owned with the Park District leasing the land to a not-for-profit entity.

With the talk about Prevailing Wage (County Board, Woodstock), the thought occurred that Lucas may want to build the museum privately in order to avoid the Prevailing Wage Act.

Given the need to receive Chicago City Council approval, that seems hardly likely…but it would probably make the cost much cheaper.

The article also reveals that most of the exhibits would not be Star Wars related.


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