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Chicago to keep restaurant show

While the National Restaurant Association announced Monday that its high-profile trade show will stay put in Chicago through 2016, the city is not quite on terra firma yet.

The association will keep a close eye on whether a new state law aimed at cutting exhibitor costs at McCormick Place is fully implemented — a progression that could be derailed if two trade unions prevail in their challenge of the law in federal court.

“If something changes and the legislation is not able to be enacted the way it was designed and exhibitor rights go away, it becomes more difficult to explain why we would be in Chicago,” Mary Pat Heftman, executive vice president/convention for the association, said after a press conference announcing the new pact. Get the full story »

TV ad blames McDonald’s for heart disease

Ad showing corpse holding a hamburger. (PCRM ad)

McDonald’s Corp. is the target of a new television commercial set to air in Washington, D.C., Thursday that blames the burger giant for heart disease.

In the commercial, produced by the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a woman weeps over a dead man lying in a morgue. In his hand is a hamburger. At the end, the golden arches appear over his feet, followed by the words, “I was lovin’ it,” a play on McDonald’s longtime ad slogan, “I’m lovin’ it.” A voiceover says, “High cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart attacks. Tonight, make it vegetarian.” Get the full story »

Restaurant group teams up with UnitedHealth

By Noam N. Levey
Tom Hamburger | The National Restaurant Association
and insurance giant UnitedHealth Group Inc. are teaming up in a bid to
make coverage more accessible to millions of restaurant workers without
health benefits — three years ahead of when the new health care
overhaul would require everyone to have insurance.

The initiative, though limited at the outset, marks one of the largest
private-sector efforts to expand health insurance coverage.

And its architects said it could ultimately help cover the 4 million to 6
million restaurant employees without health benefits, or some 10 percent of
the nation’s current population of uninsured.

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