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NRA Public Affairs Conference 2016

In April 2016, a delegation of IRA members joined hundreds of their peers in Washington D.C. for the NRA Public Affairs Conference. The group attended expert panels and informational sessions and lobbied congressional leaders on several crucial issues, including: stopping new overtime regulations from the Department of Labor, reining in joint-employer changes from the National Labor Relations Board, and preserving the FICA 45(B) tax credit. 

On Tuesday evening, the IRA hosted a reception for the Illinois Congressmen and their staff at Wolfgang Puck's The Source. Thank you to Eurest Dining and Services and UnitedHealthcare for generously sponsoring this event. 

On Wednesday, the delegation met with 13 Congressmen and their staff on Capitol Hill to discuss the important issues that greatly impact our industry. IRA members shared their personal stories and insight with legislators from across Illinois. 

Thank you to all who attended to advocate for our industry on the national level, including: John Colletti, Gibson's Restaurant Group; Court Conn, Conn Hospitality Group; Dan Costello, Home Run Inn Restaurant Group; Jeanette Davila, Home Run Inn Restaurant Group; Patrick Donelly, Hyatt Regency Chicago; Glenn Keefer, Heil & Kay Insurance; Jim Kallas, Eurest Dining; Billy Lawless, The Gage; Ivan Matsunaga, Connie's Pizza; Steve Palmer, Palmer Place LaGrange; Jay Stieber, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises; Clinton Wolf, United Healthcare; and Geri Yarka, Home Run Inn Restaurant Group.

We look forward to another big year at the 2017 NRA Public Affairs Conference, when Former IRA Chairman Jay Stieber will lead the event as NRA Vice Chairman.

Please contact Matt Quinn, IRA Government Relations & Communications Manager, at (312) 380-4122 or with any questions about the 2017 NRA Public Affairs Conference. 


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