This morning the Chicago Sun-Times published a report indicating that it was likely the advocacy group Friends of the Parks would drop its lawsuit blocking the construction of the Lucas Museum for Narrative Art on Chicago’s lakefront. The newspaper article described the board of the self-appointed guardians of the green as divided and spoke of a vote taken this past Wednesday.
This morning, we received a statement from FotP President Lauren Moltz and Executive Director Juanita Irizarry regarding the Sun-Times article:
Contrary to recent reports, our board remains fully united on the preservation of our lakefront and ensuring that the public trust doctrine is not ignored. We do believe that the Lucas Museum has a place in Chicago for all to enjoy, but not at the expense of one our most precious public resources. We have always said we were open to discussions. Anything else you hear is rumor and speculation. We are not dropping the lawsuit.
Where the miscommunication lies remains to be seen. The author of the Sun-Times piece was Michael Sneed, who has a long and impressive track record of knowing things before the people who are supposed to know things know them. So this will be an interesting distraction to follow.