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E-business Community Leaders Discuss Recent E-Commerce Developments in Chicago at Mid-America Club

About 200 Internet and E-Commerce movers and shakers today attended a program on "Business-to-Business E-Commerce in Chicago: Recent Developmentsand Future Possibilities" at the prestigious Mid-America Club. Speakers included Richard A. McCallister, Managing Director, Boyden, and President, Mid-America Club Board of Governors; Forrest E. Claypool, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis; David Weinstein, Chief Executive Officer, BlueMeteor, Inc.; Randy A. Gray, Executive Vice President, Click Commerce, Inc. and Kevin R. Evanich, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis.

David Weinstein, former assistant to Mayor Richard M. Daley and responsible for positioning Chicago at the forefront of technologically advancedcities, explained that Chicago has seen an 800 percent increase in the amount of venture capital investments in comparison to the national average of a 220 percent increase.