Illinois is losing business, part one 

I say "part one" because I expect we'll see a lot of this in the coming months, especially since the Democratic legislature passed an eleventh-hour lame duck tax increase earlier this year.

But this item has nothing to do with taxes, and everything to do with unions. The Car Care World Expo is a modest but significant trade convention that draws about 5,000 people per year. The group was planning on hoding its 2013 event at Chicago's McCormick Place.

Thanks to union intransigence on labor rules, they will stay in Vegas instead.

(Crain's) — The Car Care World Expo has decided against holding its 2013 trade show at McCormick Place due to higher labor costs and instead will go to Las Vegas.

The head of the Chicago-based International Carwash Assn. told the Chicago Tribune, which reported the news on its website Monday, that Chicago was a "no-go" now that labor rules designed to make it easier to operate at McCormick Place are in limbo...The package of sweeping reforms, including changes in labor rules — designed to make McCormick Place more competitive with rival convention cities — became law after the Illinois legislature overrode Gov. Pat Quinn's veto.

Those reforms were challenged in court by several Chicago unions. A federal judge ruled in favor of the unions, but McCormick Place officials have asked that the reforms remain in place while the case is on appeal.

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