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IRA News
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
IRA Testifies on Year-Round Sidewalk Cafes, Ordinance Advances »
IRA President & CEO Sam Toia, Advisory Council member Erik Baylis of Big Onion Tavern Group , and Advisory Council me...
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Sam Toia on the Loss of Anthony Bourdain »
IRA President & CEO Sam Toia shared his thoughts on the loss of culinary icon Anthony Bourdain with the Chicago Sun-Ti...
Friday, June 1, 2018
City of Chicago Tipped Wage: $6.25; Cook County Tipped Wage: $5.10, Effective July 1, 2018 »
The City of Chicago has announced the new minimum wage rate for tipped employees, effective July 1, 2018: $6.25 per hour...
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
IRA Advisory Council Member Alpana Singh to Return as Check, Please! Host »
Congratulations to IRA Advisory Council member Alpana Singh (The Boarding House, Terra & Vine) on her upcoming return...
Friday, May 25, 2018
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...
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Sam Toia on WTTW: Sanctuary Restaurants Send Message of Support to Immigrant Community »
WTTW Chicago Tonight recently examined the concept of sanctuary restaurants in a segment featuring IRA President & CEO...
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Chefs Graham Elliot and Matthias Merges Talk Chicago Gourmet, Grand Cru on NBC5 »
Chef Graham Elliot and Chef Matthias Merges highlighted Chicago Gourmet and The Grand Cru in a live interview on NBC 5...
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Taste of Chicago Food Vendors Lineup Announced »
This week, the City of Chicago announced the full lineup of food vendors at the 28th Annual Taste of Chicago, coming to Gr...
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Sam Toia in Sun-Times: IL Hospitality Industry Needs the Work Ethic Immigrants Bring to the Job »
IRA President & CEO Sam Toia contributed an op-ed to the Chicago Sun-Times on the need for pragmatic immigration refor...
Friday, May 11, 2018
IRA Launches Windy City Works to Protect Flexible Schedules in Chicago »
Yesterday, the Progressive Caucus of the Chicago City Council announced their renewed push for a "Fair Workweek" ordinance...
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Tip or No Tip Policies? IRA in Champaign News-Gazette on Tipping Practices »
The Champaign News-Gazette recently examined the concept of no tipping policies at restaurants around the country. ...
Friday, April 27, 2018
Sam Toia in Chicago Sun-Times, ABC 7: Year-Round Cafes, Pop Up Permitting Great for Industry »
The Chicago Sun-Times and ABC 7 spoke with IRA President & CEO Sam Toia about the prospect of year-round sidewalk cafe...
Thursday, April 19, 2018
April 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...
Friday, April 13, 2018
Sam Toia on CBS2: Patio Season Great for Business, City of Chicago »
This week, CBS2 Chicago aired a segment on the emergence of warm weather in the city, and how restaurants benefit by utili...
Thursday, March 29, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
City Council Passes O'Hare Expansion; IRA Supports Investment in Global Transportation Hub »
On Wednesday, the City Council approved three major pieces of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s O’Hare International Airport overhaul p...
Wednesday, March 28, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
IRA Supports Car-Sharing Coming to Chicago »
This week, Chicago City Council voted to approve a car-sharing pilot program administered by Car2Go, which will allow driv...
Thursday, March 22, 2018
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 As...
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
James Beard Awards Finalists Announced: 10 Nominees from Illinois »
This week, the James Beard Foundation announced the nominees for the 2018 James Beard Awards at Parc Restaurant in Philade...
Monday, March 12, 2018
Vote Now for the Ultimate Amazon Guide to Chicago »
As Amazon looks for its next location for its second headquarters (known as HQ2), the Illinois Restaurant Association has...
Friday, March 2, 2018
Chairman Jim Kallas in QSR: Forum 55 a Food Hall for All »
QSR featured IRA Chairman Jim Kallas, Division President of Eurest a Division of Compass Group in a story on the success o...
Tuesday, February 27, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
Introducing the Restaurant Rundown - the IRA's New Monthly Newsletter »
Introducing the Restaurant Rundown - the IRA's monthly newsletter featuring the latest Association updates, industry news,...
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
IRA in Tribune: Tip Pooling Rule Can Help Close Pay Gaps »
This week, IRA President & CEO Sam Toia shared his insights with Chicago Tribune on the Department of Labor's (DOL) an...
Tuesday, February 6, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
Looking to Hire? Employers Wanted for Hospitality Hires Chicago »
The Illinois Restaurant Association, Choose Chicago, Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association, Magnificent Mile Association,...
Friday, February 2, 2018
IRA Welcomes New Board, Presents Industry Honors »
The IRA Annual Meeting & Installation of Officers Luncheon was highlighted by Food Newsfeed. The afternoon included th...
Friday, January 26, 2018
Jay Stieber Inducted as 2018 NRA Chairman »
Congratulations to Former IRA Chairman Jay Stieber on his induction as 2018 Chairman of the National Restaurant Associatio...
Friday, January 19, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
Springfield Restaurateurs, IRA Push Back on Proposed Local Restaurant Tax »
This week, restaurateurs in Springfield, IL mobilized to oppose a possible  "dine-in tax" or "restaurant tax"  a...
Monday, January 15, 2018
IRA Presents Jean Banchet Award for Best Restaurant To... »
On Sunday, IRA President & CEO Sam Toia was honored to join Chef Carrie Nahabedian to present the Best Restaurant Awar...
Friday, December 22, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
IRA Year in Review: The Best of 2017 »
In case you missed it - check out our recap of the how the IRA worked to promote, educate, and protect the restaurant indu...
Monday, December 18, 2017
IRA on WTTW: What You Need to Know about Illinois' Allergen Awareness Training Law »
Chicago Tonight recently spoke with IRA President & CEO Sam Toia about the requirements of Illinois' new allergen awar...
Friday, December 15, 2017
CBS - BJ's Market Serves Up Warm Meals for the Community »
IRA Board member Hank Meyer and Former IRA Chairman John Meyer were featured in a CBS segment on BJ's Market & Bakery...
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
IRA on WGN: Tip Pooling Rule Can Lead to More Equitable Workplace »
This week, IRA President & CEO Sam Toia shared his insights with WGN on the Department of Labor's (DOL) announcement o...
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Cashless Ban in Chicago? IRA Testifies, Committee Holds Ordinance »
Yesterday, the City of Chicago Committee on License and Consumer Protection considered a proposed ordinance from Alderman...
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Allergen Awareness Training Requirements Effective January 1, 2018; Discounts Available »
On January 1, 2018,  HB 2510  goes into effect throughout Illinois, which will require Food Service Sanitation M...
Friday, December 1, 2017
Cheers! Cook County Soda Tax Ends December 1, Refunds Available for Retailers and Distributors »
As of December 1, 2017, the Cook County Sweetened Beverage Tax is no longer in effect. Today, IRA President & CEO Sam...
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
*Holiday Notice* Promote Specials/Events in Accordance with Illinois Happy Hour Law »
The holidays are here, and Christmas and New Year's Eve are right around the corner. As you ramp up planning and promotion...

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