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Taxpayers' millions lure conventions to McCormick Place, Rosemont

 
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Mayor Rahm Emanuel 2012 announcing National Restaurant Show International Manufacturing Technology Show renewing their commitments McCormick Place.  |

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

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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.

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