McCormick Place is "Broken"
- For the third time in two weeks, the high cost of doing business with McCormick Place has cost the city another important trade show.
Now Jerry Roper, one of the most respected convention veterans in Chicago, is not pulling any punches as he offers advice to halt the exodus.
"It's broken at McCormick Place and we have to fix it," Roper told CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine.
This on the heels of another show cancellation. And what's causing all these massive costs?
- "There's no doubt in my mind that that should not have taken place," Roper said. "You have union issues, and you have shows leaving, and you've got pressure from either legislators (saying) 'Do this for me, do that for me. I want to get one of my friends or relatives a job there.'"
Six-figure-salary jobs. Combing McPier's $300 million budget, we found 45 of 500 McPier employees have annual salaries of more than $100,000. That's nearly 1 in 10, compared to 1 of every 30 city of Chicago employees earning more than $100,000.
But we thought the mayor said hiring was all fixed and the federal monitor could leave town? Wait a minute...it's all fixed? Or it's all "fixed"? Suddenly, everything becomes clear.
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