SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority will be able to issue $935 million of revenue bonds next year to finance a 1 million square foot expansion of the McCormick Place convention center, under a plan approved by the Illinois General Assembly late Thursday.

Illinois lawmakers approved the bonding authority and a package of new taxes to service the bonds that also won approval from Gov. Jim Edgar, who said he will sign the bill.

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