The Achilles heel of Chicago is the labor situation. We need drastic action," says Ben Wold, vice president of the Chicago-based National Marine Manufacturers Association and a member of Friends of McCormick Place, a group of 25 of the center's top customers. Many convention and tradeshow organizers agree with Wold's view--and the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, operator of McCormick Place and Navy Pier, is responding. The agency drafted legislation to address chronic labor ...

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