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WELCOME TO THE ILLINOIS RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION
Founded in 1914, the Illinois Restaurant Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, protecting, educating and improving the restaurant industry in Illinois.

IRA EVENTS & NEWS

RESTAURATEURS BALL
Friday, November 5, 2010
The Hilton Chicago
720 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
$250 per person

Please join the Illinois Restaurant Association and Restaurateurs Ball Committee for an evening of exemplary cuisine and entertainment. This event will showcase many of Chicago's most notable restaurants and executive chefs, and includes a live ProStart® student cooking competition, an awards ceremony, a silent auction and musical entertainment.  Proceeds benefit the Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation's Scholarship Initiative and the ProStart® Program.

To donate a silent auction item please contact Jean Sheerin at jsheerin@illinoisrestaurants.org or 312.787.4000 x116.  To make your reservation, or become a sponsor click here.
PARTICIPATE IN UPCOMING DINE UNITED EVENT
United Way of Central Illinois is inviting restaurateurs and general managers to participate in their upcoming event, “DINE UNITED.” It is planned for Tuesday, November 16, 2010. As a participating restaurant, your commitment would be to donate 10% of that day’s proceeds to the United Way of Central Illinois. Every dollar you give will support local health and human service programs. “DINE UNITED” will be promoted heavily to encourage current and new patrons to visit your establishment while increasing the community’s awareness of United Way’s work. Event promotion will include radio, television and print ads; posting the event on community calendars; printing promotional posters; and marketing “Dine United” via United Way’s website, email, and Facebook Fan Page. Your restaurant will be included in all advertising efforts as a participating business. If you are a restaurateur or general manager and would like to join United Way in this effort, please contact Robyn Grange at United Way of Central Illinois, 217-726-7000 or email her at rgrange@uwcil.org. The deadline for registration is Wednesday, October 27, 2010. Contacting United Way by that date ensures your restaurant will be included on signage and in advertising.  This event is endorsed by the Illinois Restaurant Association. 
 
CHICAGO GOURMET 2010
This year’s Chicago Gourmet presented by Bon Appétit, Sept. 24-26 in Millennium Park, was an incredible success! The sold-out event drew more than 5,000 attendees each day and saw a 25% increase in attendee levels from last year. We hope everyone who attended enjoyed the event and we look forward to seeing you all at Chicago Gourmet 2011!

INDUSTRY NEWS

MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE EFFECTIVE 7/1/10
The minimum wage will increase to $8.25 on July 1, 2010.  Click here
for information on how to calculate a tip credit and overtime wage. COOK COUNTY SALES TAX INCREASE EFFECTIVE 7/1/2010

CHICAGO AND COOK COUNTY TAXES AS OF 7/1/10
State Sales Tax
6.25%
Chicago Sales Tax
1.25%
Cook County Sales Tax
1.25%
RTA Tax
1.00%
Pier Tax
1.00%
TOTAL SALES TAX
10.75%
Plus
 
Restaurant Tax
.25%
TOTAL TAX
11.00%
 
Notes:
The MPEA Pier Tax (1.00%) only applies to downtown Chicago restaurants
The Restaurant Tax only applies to Chicago restaurants.
The RTA Tax affects both Cook County and the collar counties (DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and  Will). In the collar counties, the RTA Tax is 0.75%. 

 
 

 
Thank you to our Corporate Sponsors for showing their dedication to our industry.  Please visit our Corporate Sponsors today!

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