Chicago continues to churn following the loss of the 2012 and 2015 NPE shows to Orlando, Fla. The latest news comes today from the Chicago Tribune, which reports that the convention center wants to scrap its food service contract in order to find cheaper meals for exhibitors. CEO Juan Ochoa told the paper that "In today's economy, we recognize that cost is king." This follows an embarrassing disclosure earlier this week from the Chicago Sun-Times: that the number of employees at McCormick Place and Navy Pier who are paid more than $100,000 a year has grown to 54, a 17 percent increase since 2006. Following that report, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley restated his call for fiscal responsibility at McCormick Place. When the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. started looking at alternative sites for NPE, who could have guessed that they'd end up stirring the pot in Chicago politics and convention circles this much?
McCormick seeks cheaper food
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