Posts tagged "McCormick Place"

House Speaker Mike Madigan actually speaks!

Mike Madigan responds to a Crain’s Chicago Business story asserting that he cost taxpayers perhaps as much as $500 million by killing five bills to refinance McCormick Place debt. His motive? The story said because he strongly disliked Juan Ochoa, the former  executive director of the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition and Exposition Authority (McPier), which runs... Read more »

Michael Madigan's $500 million boondoggle

Crain’s Chicago Business has the story: Illinois Speaker Michael Madigan Cost Taxpayers up to $500 Million in Higher McCormick Place Debt Payments Crain’s Chicago Business investigation reports how politics put Chicago’s $8 billion trade show industry at risk.  Chicago, Illinois – Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan cost taxpayers nearly a half billion dollars by blocking repeated efforts that would... Read more »

Daley rips McCormick Place unions a new one

McCormick Place workers setting up a show Now here’s a good idea from Mayor Richard M. Daley: Chicago and Illinois should get out of the convention business at the troubled McCormick Place. That goes well beyond a set of recommendations from an interim board that, among other things, such allowed exhibitors to choose their own... Read more »
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Another big show leaving McCormick Place?

Crain’s is reporting that the Housewares show is considering moving its trade show out of Chicago after 70 years in Chicago. It is the result of operating the giant exposition hall for the benefit of the unions that run the place. How much more do Chicagoans have to take before they see the light and... Read more »

Chicago's economy stung; 2 trade shows blow town

In better times eight years ago, Mayor Daley attended the plastics industry show. After this year, it’s leaving Chicago After having lost the 2012 annual meeting of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society to Las Vegas, Chicago today learned that the plastics industry trade show will move to Orlando for 2012 and 2015 after... Read more »

Chicago overwhelmed with spineless saps

Chicago serfs paying homage to King Daley Put away all those references to Chicago as the brawling and gritty rough house of Nelson Algren, Mike Royko and Dick Butkus. Forget Carl Sandburg‘s timeless portrayal of Chicago as “the stormy, husky, brawling, city of the big shoulders.” No more. Chicago is wimp city. A city full... Read more »
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