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Illinois lawmakers introduce legislation creating national park in Chicago's Pullman community

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CHICAGO - Members of Illinois' congressional delegation say they're introducing federal legislation to create a national park in Chicago's historic Pullman neighbourhood.

U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk, along with U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, announced Friday that they're introducing a proposal that'd give Pullman national park status.

Industrialist George Pullman founded the neighbourhood on Chicago's South Side in 1880. It was known for manufacturing Pullman Palace Sleeper Cars, which were considered the most luxurious railcar for almost a century.

The neighbourhood also was the birthplace of the African American labour movement.

The National Parks Conservation Association says an urban national park in Chicago would "bring new stories to the National Park System."

And the National Trust for Historic Preservation called the site "one of America's most significant historic places."

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