News Release

CBOT Membership Approves Changes to Charter and Rules

Wed Mar 08 2006

For Immediate Release:                                               

Contact: Maria C. Gemskie


Chicago, IL, March 8, 2006 - The Board of Trade of the City of Chicago, Inc. (CBOT®) announced that holders of its Series B-1 (Full) and Series B-2 (Associate) memberships of the CBOT voted in favor of changes to the CBOT’s certificate of incorporation and rules to eliminate the member approval requirement for electronic trading of agricultural products during the day.  Approximately 86% of the total votes cast of the Series B-1 (Full) and Series B-2 (Associate) memberships were in favor of the changes.

The membership approval gives the CBOT Board of Directors the ability to determine the best time and venue for trading agricultural contracts and products.

CBOT Chairman Charles P. Carey said, “On behalf of the CBOT Board of Directors, we appreciate the members’ strong support for these changes.   This vote of confidence gives the Exchange the ability to quickly respond to changing customer needs, to maximize liquidity and further enhance our competitive position.”

Editor’s note:  A breakdown of the vote tally will be made available on Thursday, March 9, at 8:00 a.m. (Central Time) at

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