But even Chicago Mayor Richard Daley says "enough" to union price gouging at McCormick Place, the city's convention center, as AP tells us:
Chicago Mayor Richard Daley says he may be open to the city subsidizing financially troubled McCormick Place convention center, but with conditions.
Daley said Wednesday the convention center must reorganize and stop the price gouging that prompted trade shows to relocate. He noted conventioneers have been charged $100 for setting up exhibits when actual costs are $40.
Last month, the plastics industry trade show announced it was moving its 2012 and 2015 shows to Orlando after nearly 40 years in Chicago. The action came after a medical trade show announced plans to move to Las Vegas.
McPier CEO Juan Ochoa says McCormick Place operates at a disadvantage because its convention rivals receive government subsidies.
But where will that subsidy money come from? My advice is to change the onerous work rules, and skip the cash. Chicago's central location is the it's strongest selling point to trade show organizers. As for the attractions of Las Vegas and Orlando, they're a double-edge sword. Exhibitors don't want buyers playing hooky on the Strip or at Disney World.
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