Navy Pier's Secretive Spending

 

Navy Pier's Ferris Wheel EntranceChicago's biggest tourist attraction, Navy Pier, refuses to reveal how $115 million in government funds are being spent. That's because operations have shifted from the government run McPier agency to a private, not-for-profit group. That shift is shielding the exact cost of staffers' rising salaries and bonuses, contracts with vendors and restaurants, and a face-lift of the 98-year-old Navy Pier. We talk to the Chicago Sun-Times reporter, Tim Novak, who broke the story, and the Better Government Association's lawyer who filed a Freedom of Information Lawsuit to shine some light on Navy Pier operations.