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Crystal Lake company leaves Illinois for Wisconsin

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on March 11, 2011. (Reuters/Darren Hauck)

An Illinois company that makes items for trade shows is moving to Wisconsin.

Gov. Scott Walker announced Thursday that Catalyst Exhibits, Inc., will be moving from Crystal Lake, Ill., to Pleasant Prairie, Wis.

Walker says the company will employ 105 people and occupy a 144,000-square-foot facility. Walker says the company will invest $2.5 million in the state. Get the full story »

Chicago wins back lost trade show

A key health-care technology trade show whose departure helped trigger the overhaul of McCormick Place operations announced this morning that it is returning to the Chicago convention hall in 2015 and 2019.

The state-mandated reforms at McCormick Place were cited by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society as key factors in deciding to put Chicago back in its meeting schedule.

The changes could translate into cost savings of at least 25 percent, said H. Stephen Lieber, the group’s president and CEO. The estimate was based on talks with representatives from other trade shows that have taken place at the complex since the overhaul began last summer, he said. Get the full story »

Chicago to keep restaurant show

While the National Restaurant Association announced Monday that its high-profile trade show will stay put in Chicago through 2016, the city is not quite on terra firma yet.

The association will keep a close eye on whether a new state law aimed at cutting exhibitor costs at McCormick Place is fully implemented — a progression that could be derailed if two trade unions prevail in their challenge of the law in federal court.

“If something changes and the legislation is not able to be enacted the way it was designed and exhibitor rights go away, it becomes more difficult to explain why we would be in Chicago,” Mary Pat Heftman, executive vice president/convention for the association, said after a press conference announcing the new pact. Get the full story »

Report: Merchandise Mart for sale

From Crain’s Chicago Business | Vornado Realty Trust has been shopping Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, the massive 3.5-million-square-foot office building along the Chicago River, attracting one $1.25 billion bid that never materialized into a deal. Vornado is reportedly still seeking offers on the building which was once owned by the Kennedy family. Get the full story>>

New McCormick work rules attracting shows

Mayor Richard Daley says the International Manufacturing Technology Show, which has held its trade shows at McCormick Place since 1947, has decided to recommit for three more shows through 2016.

The group is one of six current trade shows that have recommitted to the city and three new shows that have signed on. Get the full story »