Lawmakers eye national park status for Pullman

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

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 neighborhood 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 neighborhood also was the birthplace of the African American labor 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."