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IRA News
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Tip Credit Saved in Chicago! City Council Approves Mayor Lightfoot's Budget, $15 Min. Wage Ordinance »
Earlier today, the Chicago City Council voted 39-11 in favor of Mayor Lightfoot’s 2020 budget proposal – including the $15...
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
November 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, November 14, 2019
IRA, Restaurateurs, Servers Rally to Save Tip Credit; Mayor Lightfoot Introduces New Ordinance »
Earlier this week, more than 40 restaurant operators, servers, and bartenders attended an IRA press conference at Norman's...
Monday, November 11, 2019
Sam Toia: Protect the Current Tipping System for the Benefit of Employees, Diners and Restaurants »
This week, IRA President & CEO Sam Toia wrote an op-ed in Crain's Chicago to explain why the tip credit is so crucial...
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
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...
Monday, October 7, 2019
IRA Leaders Sanchez, Meyer on $15 Minimum Wage/Tip Credit Elimination Ordinance »
  Last week, IRA First Vice Chairman Sam Sanchez of Old Crow Smokehouse joined WTTW Chicago Tonight to discuss the...
Thursday, September 26, 2019
September 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...
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
IRA Members Testify on Tip Credit, Minimum Wage at City Council Hearing »
Yesterday, more than 20 IRA members attended a Chicago City Council subject matter hearing on a proposed ordinance that wo...
Monday, September 9, 2019
Sam Toia on Chicago Gourmet 2019, Proposed $15 and Tip Credit Elimination Ordinance »
Earlier this week, IRA President & CEO Sam Toia joined Rick Pearson on the WGN Sunday Spin radio show to discuss Bon A...
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
August 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, August 20, 2019
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...

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