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Salon, spa group adds trade show in Rosemont

The Professional Beauty Association is launching an annual trade show for the Midwest region in Rosemont this spring, hoping to attract more than 20,000 attendees in the spa and salon industries.

The PBA said it is North America’s largest association of professionals in the salon, spa and beauty industries. Get the full story »

AMA sees cost of heart disease tripling by 2030

The costs of heart disease in the United States will triple between now and 2030 to more than $800 billion a year, a report commissioned by the American Heart Association predicted Monday.

Treating high blood pressure will be the most expensive part of the cost, rising to $389 billion by 2030, the report projects, with overall heart disease rising by 10 percent by then.

Asian, Latin carriers take lead among airlines

The world’s five biggest airlines by market value now hail from Asia and Latin America, highlighting the industry’s shift away from the U.S. and Europe to higher-growth countries, the International Air Transport Association said Tuesday.

Based on its share price, Air China is twice the size of either Delta in the U.S. or Germany’s Lufthansa, indicating that markets expect future revenue growth to be strongest in Asia, IATA said. Get the full story »

United pilot duped AMA with fake M.D. claim

William Hamman watches data on a computer as he supervises doctors during a cardiology simulation. (AP/Gregory Smith)

He seemed like Superman, able to guide jumbo jets through perilous skies and tiny tubes through blocked arteries. As a cardiologist and United Airlines captain, William Hamman taught doctors and pilots ways to keep hearts and planes from crashing.

He shared millions in grants, had university and hospital posts, and bragged of work for prestigious medical groups. An Associated Press story featured him leading a teamwork training session at an American College of Cardiology convention last spring.

But it turns out Hamman isn’t a cardiologist or even a doctor. The AP found he had no medical residency, fellowship, doctoral degree or the 15 years of clinical experience he claimed. He attended medical school for a few years but withdrew and didn’t graduate. Get the full story »

Chicago Community Trust names 10 fellows

The Chicago Community Trust has named 10 leaders of non-profit organizations focusing on the arts, literacy, policy and research as its fellows for 2011.

The group includes six emerging leaders, who will receive up to $30,000 each, and four experienced leaders, who will receive up to $60,000 apiece, with the awards to be used for professional development. Get the full story »

Chicago gets global solar energy conference

Chicago has nabbed a new piece of convention business, booking a 2013 global solar energy conference that is expected to draw more than 27,000 attendees to the city. Get the full story »

Chicago chief stands behind BBB’s standards

Amid criticism that the Better Business Bureau boosts ratings of dues-paying members, the chief executive of Chicago’s BBB acknowledged a “stigma” of  “pay to play”  but took pains to point out that 158 local businesses have been thrown out of the organization in the last three years and another 40 have been denied membership in the last 12 months.

“So you just can’t buy into the organization and write the check,” Chicago BBB Chief Executive Steve Bernas said in an interview. “You have to meet and maintain standards.” Get the full story »

Wealthy pull back on charitable donations

Charitable giving by wealthy Americans dropped by more than a third between 2007 and 2009 as the worst U.S. recession in decades put pressure on the nonprofit sector, according to a study released Tuesday. Get the full story »

AMA exec says Medicare cuts will be ‘catastrophic’

The president of the nation’s largest doctors’ group says upcoming cuts in Medicare physician payments will be catastrophic for seniors. Dr. Cecil Wilson, president of the American Medical Association, says Medicare payments will drop by more than 20 percent by January unless Congress takes quick action. Get the full story »

Increase seen in Thanksgiving air traffic, fares

The U.S. Thanksgiving holiday will see more airline passengers, higher fares and packed planes this year as a stronger economy stokes travel demand.

The number of travelers is seen up 3.5 percent from a year ago, according to the Air Transport Association, an airline industry trade group. Get the full story »

Daley urged to halt fast food restaurant construction

A group that lobbies against fast food and meat consumption will ask Mayor Richard Daley to temporarily stop fast food restaurant construction.

In a Nov. 4 letter shared with the Tribune, a director of nutrition at The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine writes that fast food consumption leads to obesity and heart disease.

“This step is urgently needed because Chicago’s high-fat, meat-heavy diets are literally breaking hearts,” Susan Levin, the director of nutrition, writes. “A moratorium on new fast-food restaurants could be a critically important step toward fighting this epidemic.” Get the full story »

Ty Fahner named president of Commercial Club

Tyrone Fahner, a partner at the Chicago law firm of Mayer Brown, will become the president of the Commercial Club of Chicago, the Tribune has learned.

Fahner succeeds R. Eden Martin, also a lawyer, who has been president of the influential organization since 1999. Fahner will take over Jan. 1, W. James Farrell, chairman of the club, confirmed Thursday. Get the full story »

Hell’s Angels sue Saks, Alexander McQueen

Bloomberg News | The Hell’s Angels have sued Alexander McQueen and Saks, charging trademark infringement over use of the club’s death-head mark on fashion accessories.

Koskenalusta ends Executives’ Club reign

Kaarina Koskenalusta, the president of the Executives’ Club of Chicago, resigned the post she had held for 25 years, the club announced in a press release distributed late Friday.

Koskenalusta is leaving to become a principal at the Dilenschneider Group, working from Chicago and New York, according to the club’s release. She will be in charge of global client relationships.

The club will work with executive search firm Russell Reynolds to find a new chief executive. In the interim, Mary MacLaren, the club’s chief of staff from May 2009 to July 2010, will serve as interim CEO.

Castellani to head drug lobbying group

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, which includes Abbott Laboratories and Takeda Pharmaceuticals as members, said Tuesday that John Castellani will become the drug lobby’s president and chief executive, effective Sept. 1.

Castellani, who replaces the retiring Billy Tauzin, comes to PhRMA after nearly a decade as president and CEO of Business Roundtable, an association of corporate executives. Get the full story »