Chicago continues to debate how to stop an exodus of trade shows from McCormick Place. This week they got a dose of common sense in a meeting with show organizers. Exhibitors want lower costs and more flexible work rules so they can do their own booth work. That's the essence of a report from the Chicago Tribune, "Trade shows balk at McPier legislation." According to the story, about 30 trade show customers met this week with representatives of the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority -- the organization known as McPier, which runs McCormick Place. The exhibitors said they want McPier "to trim its take on electrical service and food service, and to open up both exclusive services to multiple providers. And they want union rules relaxed so they can do more of their own booth work." Meanwhile, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation this week that would fire the current McPier board and replace it with an interim panel that, presumably, will be more likely to embrace changes at the convention center.
McCormick exhibitors want lower costs
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