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Governor Rauner Signs SB 398 Culinary And Hospitality Modernization Act

Wednesday, July 22, 2015  
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(SPRINGFIELD, Ill.; July 15, 2015) – In a measure designed to capitalize on one of Illinois’ main economic engines, Gov. Bruce Rauner today signed SB398, the Culinary and Hospitality Modernization Act.

The bill – championed by State Representative Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago) and State Senator Antonio Muñoz (D-Chicago) – updates the Liquor Control Act to modernize Illinois’ culinary and hospitality industries. The legislation takes a balanced approach – increasing training standards for industry workers statewide while permitting temporary price changes and other marketing strategies that will allow the industry to grow.

"We applaud Governor Rauner for understanding the needs of our industry,” said Illinois Restaurant Association President & CEO Sam Toia, who worked with key stakeholders for more than two years to modernize the Liquor Control Act.

“This bill provides restaurants and bars with a fair opportunity to expand their customer base with modern marketing tools. The ability to offer food and wine pairings; meal, party and entertainment packages; infused spirits; and discounted drinks – with stipulations – allows them to attract new customers and expand their businesses. Ultimately, this legislation will drive sales tax revenue and continue to propel Illinois as the world class culinary and hospitality destination it is today.”

In 2015, Illinois restaurants supported more than 529,000 jobs or 9% of Illinois’ workforce. This year alone, restaurants in Illinois are projected to generate more than $23 billion in sales. In 2014, eating and drinking places in Illinois generated nearly $1.8 billion in state and local sales taxes.

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