CHICAGO - A Cook County Circuit Court judge yesterday upheld the constitutionality of a 1% restaurant tax that would be used to help back $937 million of revenue bonds for the expansion of the McCormick Place convention center in Chicago.

Judge Earl Arkiss ruled that the Illinois General Assembly was within its power and acted reasonably when it established a special taxing district for the restaurant tax,according to John Schmidt, the chairman, Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, which will issue the bonds.

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