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Deal Reached on Federal Relief; Grocery/Retail Jobs; Tell Us How You Can Offer Assistance

Wednesday, March 25, 2020  
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The Illinois Restaurant Association continues to engage with local, state, and federal officials to help our employers and employees address concerns about coronavirus (COVID-19).

Please see the below resources and information for your business - updated as of 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25.



Bipartisan Deal Reached on Phase 3 Relief Package


Around 1:00 a.m. (today), Senate leaders and the Trump administration clinched a bipartisan deal on a nearly $2 trillion emergency relief package in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The IRA and other stakeholders are still fighting to ensure that the definition of business (500 or less employees per legal entity) is included in this Phase 3 relief package. Final text of the legislation is expected to be released later this morning.

What is expected in the bipartisan deal:

  1. $150 billion for a state and local fund

  2. $130 billion for hospitals, and beefed up unemployment insurance that will give Americans four months-worth of their income if they are furloughed or lose their job due to the coronavirus crisis, according to Sen. Schumer.

  3. direct payments to qualified individuals and families with checks of up to $1,200 and $2,400, based on income. $500 per child 

  4. $367 billion in federally guaranteed loans for small businesses.

  5. $500 billion for loans to larger industries

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed that the Senate will pass the bill later Wednesday. Speaker Nancy Pelosi — who is working from Washington while most of the House members are home in their districts for recess — said she hopes to pass the Senate bill via unanimous consent of the chamber, an expedited process to get the massive emergency package to President Donald Trump’s desk for signature before the end of the week. Such an agreement would allow swift passage and keep worried lawmakers away from the Capitol, where the virus is already spreading and infecting a number of lawmakers. 

We are close to getting this restaurant relief package passed!

Send a note to Illinois' congressional leaders to keep the pressure on to pass a Phase 3 package that guarantees small businesses and their employees receive the most possible relief.



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Let Your Team Members Know - Hundreds of Grocery/Retail Jobs Now Available


The IRA is working in collaboration with the Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA) and Illinois Food Retailers Association (IFRA) to share information on hundreds of temporary jobs at groceries and retailers throughout the state now available to meet public demand for food and supplies.

Click here to view the list of job opportunities at Illinois retailers.

Please share the webpage with your team members and colleagues that are seeking temporary work due to COVID-19.


Hospitality Support and Relief Efforts - Tell Us How You Can Help


The IRA has received countless inquiries from people and companies seeking to provide relief and support to business owners and employees impacted by COVID-19.

In an effort to track these initiatives and understand the scope of effort, we ask that you please use this form to submit more information, if you are one of these parties.

Thank you so much for your willingness to help our industry during this challenging time for all. You are greatly appreciated!

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