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IRA Lobby Day: March 2, 2016


Lobby Day is an important opportunity to meet face-to-face with your elected officials and discuss legislative issues that impact your business.

Lobby Day’s opening session is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. (registration at 10:30 a.m.) on Wednesday, March 2nd. After the opening session and luncheon, you will spend the afternoon at the Capitol Complex meeting with members of the Illinois General Assembly. The day will conclude with an evening reception for Legislators at The Sangamo Club Ballroom from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Please complete the registration form today and plan on attending 2016 Lobby Day. It is important that we have a large delegation of IRA members to meet legislators and educate elected officials about the importance of our industry. Lobby Day is one of the most important things we do as an Association.

Everyone is responsible for their own travel plans and hotel accommodations. The Illinois Restaurant Association has reserved a room block at the Abraham Lincoln Springfield DoubleTree Hotel for Tuesday, March 1st. Single and Double rooms will be available for $109 by calling (866) 788-1860. Please reserve your room as soon as possible to lock in this rate.

After you submit the below registration form, you will be taken to a "check out” page to complete a $100 Lobby Day registration fee payment. This payment is used for the conference room rental, lunch buffet, and cocktail reception.

Frequently Asked Questions

When should I arrive to and depart from Lobby Day?
Lobby Day officially starts on March 2nd at 11:00 a.m. and finishes at the reception at 7:00 p.m. Many attendees from outside of Springfield spend the night before or after at a hotel, although no official programming exists.

Is there a room block at a hotel?
Yes, there is a room block reserved on the night before Lobby Day, Tuesday, March 1st, at the Abraham Lincoln Springfield DoubleTree Hotel, located at 701 E. Adams St. in Springfield.. 

Will I be talking to lawmakers face to face?
Yes. The IRA tries to schedule a meeting for every attendee with their legislators. You will also meet with key legislators for the industry. Your meetings will generally only last a few minutes.

Will I be given instructions and talking points?
Yes. All key issues are explained at the morning informational session and fact sheets and talking points are handed out. A "how to lobby” lesson is also provided.

Will I be escorted or alone?
Attendees are grouped according to their districts and are escorted by IRA staff.

What legislation will we be discussing?
We will be discussing bills important to the industry, including taxes, minimum wage, tip credit, and various labor issues. All key issues will be discussed at the morning informational session.

What should I wear?
Dress professionally to meet with legislators. A business suit or slacks/skirt and a jacket are appropriate for Lobby Day. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes.

We look forward to seeing you in Springfield on March 2nd! If you have any questions or need more information, contact Matt Quinn at 312-380-4122 or 


After you complete the registration form and click the "Submit" button, you will be taken to a "check out" page to complete payment of your $100 Lobby Day registration fee.

Click here for a recap of 2015 Springfield Lobby Day.


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