‘This Conference Isn’t a Big Deal’
By Amy Phan
The UNITY News Online
As far as the number of participants who are concerned with security, UNITY “isn’t a big deal,” says assistant director of McCormick Place, Fred Simon. Past events, which included such famous names as Sen. Barack Obama and former presidents, have had much more attendees at McCormick than what’s expected at UNITY.
It’s also mysterious. So secretive, in fact, there almost wasn’t support for this post. After questioning Simon (in all kinds of ways…) how security for this event differs from those with a higher capacity, Simon said (in one swift sound bite):
“We’ve done this before; we’re in touch with federal state agencies and the secret services.”
Of course, Simon couldn’t say more due to “security issues.”
This should come at no surprise. Boasted as the country’s largest convention center, the McCormick Place is known for the big events. UNITY was slated to be one of them, until registration numbers came up short. Like, about 6,000 short.
But ssshhh, don’t tell anyone.
Are these answers about security sufficient? Even though there aren’t as many registered attendees as expected, thousands of people will still be walking around the convention hallways. Will you feel safe at McCormick?