Judge Tells Chicago To Move Faster on Lucas Museum Case

Lucas Museum
FILE -This file artist rendering released Sept. 17, 2015, by the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art shows the proposed museum in Chicago. A court hearing is scheduled Wednesday, March 9, 2016, in a case brought by a Chicago advocacy group trying to stop construction of "Star Wars" creator George Lucas' museum along Lake Michigan near Soldier Field. File / AP
Lucas Museum
FILE -This file artist rendering released Sept. 17, 2015, by the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art shows the proposed museum in Chicago. A court hearing is scheduled Wednesday, March 9, 2016, in a case brought by a Chicago advocacy group trying to stop construction of "Star Wars" creator George Lucas' museum along Lake Michigan near Soldier Field. File / AP

Judge Tells Chicago To Move Faster on Lucas Museum Case

A federal judge says Chicago attorneys should move faster to give documents to their courtroom adversaries who are seeking to stop construction of "Star Wars" creator George Lucas' lakefront museum.

Judge John Darrah said at a Wednesday status hearing that he's surprised by how slowly the city has moved because its attorneys have been raising concerns that Lucas could move his $400 million museum to another city if litigation drags out.

City attorneys say they need time to process more than 18,000 documents.

The city wants the museum built along Lake Michigan near Soldier Field. But a nonprofit group says that would violate public-interest laws.

Among the pending issues is whether the judge will let construction begin while the lawsuit continues.The next status hearing is April 12.