CHICAGO — Putting aside partisan bickering over a fiscal 2011 budget, Illinois senators today will unite to vote on an override of Gov. Pat Quinn’s veto of a Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority reform bill that allows the agency to restructure its $2 billion of debt.

The General Assembly overwhelmingly approved the sweeping overhaul of the agency that manages Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center earlier this month. The move followed pressure from trade and convention managers who were threatening to move to more affordable venues in Las Vegas and Orlando, Fla. MetPier also manages Chicago’s downtown tourist attraction Navy Pier.

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