Industry Still Confident Quinn Will Sign McCormick Place Reforms

HIL ANDERSON, SENIOR EDITOR
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Chicago, IL – A delegation of trade show organizers met with Illinois Governor Pat Quinn May 20 to urge him to sign the long-sought overhaul of work rules at Chicago’s McCormick Place without delay.

Organizers came away from the meeting expressing cautious optimism that Quinn would indeed sign the measure despite his public statements that he wanted to give the legislation a thorough vetting to ensure the public interest is upheld. Chicago media reported Quinn likely is under pressure from his union political supporters to roll back some of the changes; however, he will probably not veto the bill due to the risk of losing additional trade shows to other cities.

The International Association of Exhibitions & Events (IAEE) urged show organizers to contact Quinn’s office to encourage him to sign the bill without any changes as soon as it reaches his desk.

The measure passed by the Illinois General Assembly has 30 days to work its way through the bureaucracy to Quinn’s desk. Once signed, the package will be turned over to James Reilly, the designated special trustee of the Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority (MPEA), for implementation at a date of his choosing.

Reach David Causton, general manager at McCormick Place, at (312) 791-7000 or dcauston@mpea.com; Steven Hacker, president of IAEE, at (972) 458-8002 or shacker@iaee.com