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Privacy Policy

The Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA) operates It is IRA’s policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our websites.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, IRA collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. IRA’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how IRA’s visitors use its website. From time to time, IRA may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

IRA also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. IRA does not use such information to identify its visitors, however, and does not disclose such information, other than under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information, as described below.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to IRA’s websites choose to interact with IRA in ways that require IRA to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that IRA gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up for an e-newsletter to provide a name and email address. Those who engage in transactions with IRA – by purchasing membership or registering for classes, for example – are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, IRA collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with IRA. IRA does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Aggregated Statistics

IRA may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, IRA may monitor the most popular blogs on the site or use spam screened by the Akismet service to help identify spam. IRA may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, IRA does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

IRA discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on IRA’s behalf or to provide services available at IRA’s websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using IRA’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. IRA will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, IRA discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only when required to do so by law, or when IRA believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of IRA, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of a IRA website and have supplied your email address, IRA may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with IRA. We primarily use our website to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. IRA takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.


A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. IRA uses cookies to help IRA identify and track visitors, their usage of IRA website, and their website access preferences. IRA visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using IRA’s websites, with the drawback that certain features of IRA’s websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, IRA may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in IRA’s sole discretion. IRA encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

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