CHICAGO – May 28, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today issued a statement on the signing of Senate Bill 3215:
“Today I am signing Senate Bill 3215 into law. This legislation makes necessary changes to the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (McPier), the agency that runs McCormick Place and Navy Pier in Chicago, to protect and grow Chicago’s convention and tourism industry, boost Illinois’ economy and create more good-paying jobs for everyday people.
This legislation includes changes that I included in my amendatory veto. It is especially important that the General Assembly recognized the need for my amendatory veto changes calling for strict compliance with the state’s Procurement Code.
The contract for private manager at McCormick Place will be one of the largest procurements in the state. It is vital for the well-being of the people of Illinois and those shows that come to our state that McPier be held to the highest ethical standards.
I anticipate current Chicago-based conventions and trade shows will recommit to McCormick Place and that many new trade and conventions shows will soon sign up. Just today the International Housewares Association's board voted to continue negotiations for a new long-term contract with McCormick Place.
These shows will retain and create thousands of new jobs and economic opportunities for the people of Illinois.”