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IRA News
Friday, April 5, 2019
IRA Backs Ordinance to Allow for Local Control of Liquor License Exemptions »
This week, the City of Chicago Committee on License and Consumer Protection voted to approve an ordinance that permits and...
Monday, April 1, 2019
IRA President & CEO Sam Toia Named to NewCity's Big Heat 2019: Chicago’s Food and Drink 50 »
IRA President & CEO Sam Toia was recently featured on NewCity's Big Heat 2019: Chicago’s Food and Drink 50 list....
Friday, March 22, 2019
Chicago Tribune Highlights IRAEF Job Shadow Day »
This Wednesday, the IRA Educational Foundation offered hospitality opportunities to more than 170 ProStart® students throu...
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
March Restaurant Rundown - News You Need to Know »
Check out this month's edition of the IRA's Restaurant Rundown monthly newsletter featuring the latest Association updates...
Thursday, March 14, 2019
The IRA's Newest Endorsed Program: The Horton Group »
  The Illinois Restaurant Association is excited to welcome our newest Endorsed Program to the Association: The Ho...
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
February Restaurant Rundown - The News You Need to Know »
Check out this month's edition of the IRA's Restaurant Rundown monthly newsletter featuring the latest Association updates...
Monday, February 25, 2019
Eating and Drinking Places in Illinois Surpass $30 Billion in Sales in 2018 »
In 2018, Illinois' 25,488 eating and drinking establishments employed more than 588,000 people and did $30.1 billion in sa...
Monday, February 11, 2019
Work Your Way Coalition Launched to Protect Workplace Flexibility in Chicago »
The IRA, along with business association partners, has recently launched the Work Your Way coalition . A proposed ordinan...
Friday, February 1, 2019
IRA on Extreme Cold, Recovering Business »
IRA President & CEO Sam Toia shared the below recommendations for restaurants addressing the extreme cold weather this...
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
January Restaurant Rundown: The News You Need to Know »
Check out this month's edition of the IRA's Restaurant Rundown monthly newsletter featuring the latest Association updates...
Monday, January 28, 2019
Sam Toia on Mayoral Race, Business Community Support »
Crain's Chicago spoke with IRA President & CEO Sam Toia and several business leaders about which mayoral candidates wi...
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
IRA on $15 Minimum Wage in Chicago by 2021 »
IRA President & CEO Sam Toia recently shared his perspective with Crain's Chicago and CBS2 Chicago on Cook County Boar...
Friday, December 21, 2018
2018 Year in Review »
  The Illinois Restaurant Association had an incredible 2018. With your help, we've secured an extension of t...
Monday, December 17, 2018
IRA on Tight Labor Market in Restaurant Industry »
The Chicago Tribune recently reported on the hospitality industry's labor crunch. IRA President and CEO Sam Toia weighed i...
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Thank You, Chicago Restaurants »
Thank you, Chicago restaurants. Home to 40+ James Beard Foundation Award Winning Chefs and Restaurants 22...
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
James Beard Awards in Chicago Through 2027 »
This week, the James Beard Foundation announced that Chicago will continue to host the James Beard Foundation Awards, an a...
Friday, December 7, 2018
IRA Joins Governor-Elect Pritzker, IBIC to Call for Pragmatic Immigration Reform »
IRA President & CEO Sam Toia recently joined Governor-elect JB Pritzker and the Illinois Business Immigration Coalitio...
Monday, December 3, 2018
Sam Toia Named to Governor-elect Pritzker's Economic Development Committee »
IRA President & CEO Sam Toia has been named to Governor-elect JB Pritzker's Job Creation and Economic Opportunity Comm...
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
*Updated Alert* Outbreak of E. coli in Romaine Lettuce Linked to California; Check Sourcing »
*UPDATE*  Based on new information, CDC is narrowing its warning to consumers. CDC is advising that U.S. consum...
Friday, November 16, 2018
IRA on Mental Health Concerns in Restaurants; Increasing Access to Services »
CBS 2 Chicago recently aired a segment on local restaurants' efforts to address mental health and substance abuse in the i...
Monday, November 12, 2018
IRA on Plastic Straw Ban Non-Binding Referendum: Sustainability, Flexibility are Key for Restaurants »
IRA President & CEO Sam Toia shared his insights on the recent non-binding referendum in the City of Chicago that aske...
Friday, November 9, 2018
Sam Toia: Restaurant Industry Needs Immigrants to Grow and Succeed »
IRA President & CEO Sam Toia was recently quoted in Modern Restaurant Management on the crucial importance of the immi...
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
October Restaurant Rundown - The News You Need to Know »
Check out this month's edition of the IRA's Restaurant Rundown monthly newsletter featuring the latest Association updates...
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
New Reimbursement Policy Obligations for Illinois Employers Effective January 1, 2019 »
Effective January 1, 2019, by law, employers in Illinois will be required to reimburse employees for work-related expenses...
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
IRA Welcomes EMPLOYERS as Workers’ Compensation Endorsed Partner »
The IRA is thrilled to welcome EMPLOYERS as our workers’ compensation Endorsed Partner. Eligible IRA members can now rec...
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Sam Toia on Chicago Gourmet 2018, Proposed Restrictive Scheduling Ordinance »
Earlier this week, IRA President & CEO Sam Toia joined Rick Pearson on the WGN Sunday Spin radio show to discuss Bon...
Friday, September 14, 2018
New Chicago Health Code in Effect: What Restaurants Need to Know »
Effective July 1, 2018, the City of Chicago began enforcement of the 2013 FDA Food Code regulations. On the first inspecti...
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
IRA on Mayor Emanuel's Impact on Chicago's Restaurant Industry »
Eater Chicago shared insights from the restaurant community of Chicago on the news that Mayor Rahm Emanuel will not seek r...
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Food Newsfeed Highlights New IRAEF Executive Director Terrell Johnson »
Food Newsfeed recently highlighted the announcement of Terrell Johnson as Executive Director of the Illinois Restaurant A...
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
IRA on Proposed Scheduling Mandate Ordinance in Chicago City Council »
IRA President & CEO Sam Toia recently co-authored a letter to the editor in the Chicago Sun-Times that breaks down why...
Thursday, August 23, 2018
Sam Toia on Restaurant City of the Year Long-Term Benefits »
Congratulations to Portland, OR for recently being named Bon Appétit's Restaurant City of the Year. IRA President & CE...
Friday, August 3, 2018
Governor Rauner Signs IRA-Backed Local Liquor License Exemption Legislation »
This week, Governor Rauner signed legislation that grants authority to local liquor control commissioners to give exemptio...
Friday, July 27, 2018
IRAEF Field Trip to Legends Farm Highlighted in Sun-Times »
This week, the IRA Educational Foundation hosted a field trip for ProStart® students to Windy City Harvest’s Legends Far...
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
IRA President & CEO Sam Toia on Plastic Straw Bans »
IRA President & CEO Sam Toia shared his insights on proposed legislation in various municipalities around the country...
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
IRA on Immigration, Scheduling Mandate Ordinance on Sunday Spin »
IRA President & CEO Sam Toia joined Rick Pearson on the WGN Sunday Spin radio show to discuss the Trump administration...

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