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IRA on New Sexual Harassment Prevention Law, Training Offerings for Industry »
This week, Eater Chicago outlined the new Workplace Transparency Act - omnibus legislation recently signed into law by Gov...
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Compliance Deadline for IL Secure Choice: Nov. 30, 2019 for Employers with 25+ Employees »
By  November 30, 2019 , Illinois employers with more than 25 employees must register for the new  Illinois Secu...
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
July 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 Associati...
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Fair Workweek Ordinance Passes in Chicago: What You Need to Know »
Yesterday, the Chicago City Council passed a Fair Workweek ordinance that will regulate employers' scheduling practices....
Friday, July 12, 2019
*ALERT* Immigration Enforcement Resources for Employers and Employees »
In anticipation of potential Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)  raids in major American cities, t he Illino...
Monday, July 1, 2019
IRA Educational Foundation Awards $178,000 in Scholarships »
  Last week, the IRA Educational Foundation held its annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon at Current Kitc...
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
June 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, June 11, 2019
Compliance Deadline for IL Secure Choice: July 31, 2019 for Employers with 100+ Employees »
By July 31, 2019 , Illinois employers with more than 100 employees must register for the new Illinois Secure Choice Ret...
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
City of Chicago Tipped Wage: $6.40; Cook County Tipped Wage: $5.25, Effective July 1, 2019 »
The City of Chicago has announced the new  minimum wage  rate for tipped employees, effective July 1, 2019: $6.4...
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
PepsiCo Partners with IRA Educational Foundation to Help Youth, Ex-Offenders »
Last week, PepsiCo and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation announced a new community collaborative...
Friday, May 24, 2019
IRA on IL Supreme Court Ruling; Food Truck Regulations »
Yesterday, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled to uphold Chicago’s food truck ordinance and regulations, affirming previous a...
Thursday, May 23, 2019
May 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...
Thursday, May 9, 2019
Chicago Wins Big at 2019 James Beard Awards »
After months of anticipation, Chicago hosted the James Beard Awards Monday, May 6 at the Lyric Opera. In addition to the...
Friday, April 26, 2019
Taste of Chicago Food Vendors Lineup Announced »
This week, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events announced full lineup...
Thursday, April 25, 2019
April 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...
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...

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