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Tuesday, September 5, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Sam Toia Named to Crain's 2017 Who's Who in Business »
IRA President & CEO Sam Toia was recently named to Crain's Who's Who in Chicago Business list - Crain's annual directo...
Friday, September 1, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
New Allergen Awareness Training Law Protects Diners and Businesses »
The State Journal-Register recently featured a new law for restaurants that requires one certified foodservice sanitation...
Tuesday, August 29, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Tribune: Porcini Aims to Make Restaurateurs' Lives Easier , Sam Toia on Restaurant Tech »
This week, the Chicago Tribune's Blue Sky Innovation featured Porcini, a cloud-based platform built to streamline back-of-...
Friday, August 25, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Sam Toia on Immigration Report: Pragmatic Reforms Will Help Industry Thrive »
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs issued report on a two year study  analyzing the hospitality industry's relianc...
Wednesday, August 23, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Sam Sanchez Talks IRA Advocacy, Latino Membership with El Restaurante »
IRA Second Vice Chairman Sam Sanchez (Old Crow Smokehouse, Moe's Cantina, John Barleycorn) recently spoke with El Restaura...
Monday, August 21, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
America’s Dog & Burger Expanding With Strategic Franchising Plan »
IRA member Manolis Alpogianis, co-founder of America’s Dog & Burger (AD&B), recently announced a strategic franchi...
Thursday, August 17, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Sam Toia Talks Chicago Gourmet, 10th Anniversary with Dane Neal on WGN-AM »
This week, IRA President & CEO Sam Toia joined Dane Neal on WGN-AM Radio to discuss the 10th Anniversary of Chicago Go...
Tuesday, August 8, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Bon Appétit Names Chicago Restaurant City of the Year »
This week, Bon Appétit magazine named the City of Chicago the 2017 Restaurant City of the Year! After Condé Nast Traveler...
Wednesday, August 2, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Manny's 75th Anniversary Benefits IRAEF »
This week, Manny's Cafeteria and Delicatessen celebrated its 75th Anniversary at an event benefiting the IRA Educational F...
Monday, July 31, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Soda Tax in Effect Aug. 2; Sam Toia Talks Negative Impact of Tax on CBS2 »
On Friday, the Cook County Sweetened Beverage Tax was cleared to go into effect by a Cook County judge. The County annou...
Friday, July 21, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Cook County Soda Tax Still on Hold; Judge to Issue Ruling on July 28 »
A judge on Friday again extended a temporary restraining order blocking Cook County's proposed tax on sugary beverages.&nb...
Friday, July 21, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Toia, Weiner, Singh on Happy Hour Two Year Anniversary in Chicago Tribune »
IRA President & CEO Sam Toia, IRA Executive Committee Member Scott Weiner of The Fifty/50 Group , and IRA Advisory Co...
Wednesday, July 5, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Sam Toia on WLS Radio - Soda Tax is Regressive and Burdernsome; Tax on Hold Until July 12 »
IRA President & CEO Sam Toia joined Bob Sirott and Susanna Homan on WLS 780 AM radio to discuss the pending Cook Count...
Sunday, July 2, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
*UPDATED EMPLOYER NOTICES* Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave in Chicago, Cook County »
Employers are required to post notices of several local, state, and federal laws in a conspicuous location in their place...
Tuesday, June 27, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
IRA in Chicago Mag: What's the Deal with the New Soda Tax? »
Chicago Magazine broke down what the Cook County Sweetened Beverage Tax means for consumers starting on July 1, 2017. ...
Wednesday, June 14, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Chicago Gourmet Launches eXtraordinary Chefs - eXtraordinary Places This Fall »
On Tuesday morning, the Illinois Restaurant Association announced the full lineup of Chicago Gourmet's eX traordinary C...
Thursday, June 8, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Updated Soda Tax Rules from Cook County: Separate Line Item OK, Price Must Be Inclusive of Tax »
Recently, the Cook County Department of Revenue reissued Regulation-2 and the FAQ on the upcoming Sweetened Beverage T...
Thursday, June 8, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
IRA Chairman Jim Kallas Featured in Segment Highlighting Detroit Favorite: Press Room Cafe »
2017 IRA Chairman Jim Kallas, Division President of Eurest Dining, was featured by Local 4 News in Detroit in a piece on t...
Thursday, June 1, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Sam Toia in Chicago Tribune: Can The Cook County Beverage Tax »
IRA President & CEO Sam Toia recent co-authored a letter to the Chicago Tribune with John Coli, Jr., President of Team...
Wednesday, May 24, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
City of Chicago Announces New Min. Wage Rates: $11 for Nontipped, $6.10 for Tipped Employees »
The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection has released the new minimum wage rate for tipp...
Tuesday, May 23, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Preckwinkle: Soda Tax Will Stand, as IRA + Industry Groups Work for Repeal »
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle asserted that despite the push to repeal the penny-per-ounce beverage tax in...
Thursday, May 18, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
"Can The Tax" Coalition Launches Fight to Repeal Soda Tax »
The IRA joined dozens of Cook County residents, businesses, and organizations in the "Can The Tax" Coalition at a kick-off...
Monday, May 15, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
IRA Member Ala Carte Entertainment Concepts Appeal to Baby Boomers, Millennials Alike »
The Daily Herald recently featured IRA Member Ala Carte Entertainment in a piece covering their numerous restaurant concep...
Thursday, May 4, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
IL Meetings + Events: Visitors Always Welcome to Chicago, Food Scene Drives Tourism »
Illinois Meetings + Events Magazine recently featured a story on how Chicago is nearing its goal of attracting 55 million...
Thursday, May 4, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Daily Herald: Elgin H.S. Shines at IRAEF ProStart Invitational »
The Daily Herald recognized Elgin High School's ProStart management team that won the 16th Annual IRAEF ProStart Invitatio...
Wednesday, May 3, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Chicago Tonight on Allergen Awareness, IRA Wants Higher Training Standards »
Chicago Tonight on WTTW covered the proposal in Springfield that would require restaurants to have managers undergo accred...
Monday, April 24, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
IRA in U.S. News & World Report: Reasonable Min Wage Increase Possible, Must Consider Job Losses »
U.S. World & News Report covered various proposals to raise the minimum wage to $15 in the state of Illinois. The repo...
Friday, April 21, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
IRA on Restroom Accommodations Ordinance: Rushes After Games, Festivals are Burdensome, Unsafe »
This week, Alderman David Moore (17th) introduced an ordinance that would require every licensed business with a public re...
Friday, April 7, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
IRA Works with Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, Biz Groups to Offer Jobs at Hiring Event »
The Chicago Tribune covered Mayor Rahm Emanuel's announcement that the IRA will partner with the Chicago Cook Workforce Pa...
Tuesday, April 4, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
IRA Vice Chairman Greg Schulson Talks Food Tourism, Business Concepts with Chicago Tribune »
IRA Vice Chairman Greg Schulson, CEO of Burrito Beach and Lunan Corp. (Arby's), was interviewed by Chicago Tribune to disc...
Friday, March 31, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Restaurateur Mike Murphy Joins IRA Staff as Central IL Rep »
The State Journal-Register highlighted the career of Mike Murphy as he begins his new role as Member Relations Manager wit...
Thursday, March 30, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Food Trucks at O'Hare and Midway Airports, IRA on Food Truck Regulations »
Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently introduced an ordinance that would allow food trucks to operate at O'Hare and Midway Airports....
Wednesday, March 29, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
JBF Eats Week Culinary Celebration Returns to Chicago »
Chicago Sun Times highlighted the return of James Beard Eats Week to Chicago from April 21 through May 1. More than 130 Ch...
Friday, March 24, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
IRA Member Chefs Dazzle at "Evening In Bloom" Benefiting IRAEF »
Fleurotica, a floral fashion show created by the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance, made its Chicago Flower & Garden...
Friday, March 24, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
IRA Supports Initiative to Allow 18+ Year Olds to Serve Alcohol in Restaurants »
IRA President & CEO Sam Toia recently expressed the IRA's full support of an initiative from Alderman Tom Tunney (44th...

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