Quinn vetoes bill to cut costs at McCormick Place

May 26, 2010 4:41:44 PM PDT
State lawmakers of both parties say they will try to override Gov. Pat Quinn's amendatory veto of a bill designed to cut costs at McCormick Place.

The governor had a series of objections to the bill. He wants tighter controls on state purchasing, he opposes higher rates on taxi rides to and from O'Hare Airport and he would authorize no more than two labor unions to have jurisdiction at McCormick Place.

"The most important change is to make sure that everything is done in a honest way," said Quinn.

"I don't know what he gains by it, other than continuing to portray Chicago and Illinois as being politically unstable, and that's a darn shame," said State Sen. Christine Radogno, (R) senate minority leader.

Quinn also wants the power to hire and fire McCormick Place's chief executive officer.