December 1, 2009 (CHICAGO) --
Mayor Daley suggested Tuesday that trade shows and conventions have suffered price gouging at McCormick Place, and that's why some are abandoning Chicago. The mayor announced Tuesday that the Chicago Housing authority has received more federal stimulus competitive grants than another other public housing agency nationwide. Then reporters asked about Daley's efforts to persuade unions and McCormick Place to lower the cost of staging exhibitions.
"You have to get away from gouging people. If you gouge 'em, they're not gonna come back," the mayor said.
Last month, plastics show officials announced that after 40 years in Chicago, the show was moving to Orlando. And the medical trade show is moving to Las Vegas, where show officials say they can erect a booth for one-tenth of Chicago's cost.