Taxpayers' millions lure conventions to McCormick Place, Rosemont
By TIM NOVAK AND CHRIS FUSCO Staff Reporters August 12, 2014 12:11AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2012 announcing the National Restaurant Show and the International Manufacturing Technology Show renewing their commitments to McCormick Place. | Al Podgorski/Sun-Times file photo
Updated: September 13, 2014 6:02AM
When conventions and trade shows threaten to leave McCormick Place or Rosemont for Orlando, Las Vegas or elsewhere, officials at the lakefront and suburban convention centers have a carrot to offer to keep those shows here:
A pot of taxpayer money they guard so tightly they’ve tried to keep secret how it’s spent, the Chicago Sun-Times has found.