CHICAGO — Faced with rising debt service costs and sagging tourism revenues, the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority will ask Illinois lawmakers who return to work today for the power to restructure its debt and extend a state debt-service subsidy.

The pleas of the authority — which manages McCormick Place Convention Center and Navy Pier in Chicago  — have fallen on deaf ears in recent years as the state grappled with budget deficits and faced a political corruption scandal that led to the removal last year of Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

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