CHICAGO -- The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority will send out a request for qualifications as early as next month to underwriters for the senior and co-manager spots on next year's $935 million revenue bond issue for the McCormick Place convention center in Chicago, authority officials said this week.

The deal, which would be one of the Midwest's biggest tax-exempt bond issues ever, has set the rumor mill into overtime with speculation over how firms will be selected and which firm would be chosen as book-running manager.

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