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NRA Public Affairs Conference 2018

This April, a delegation of IRA members joined hundreds of their peers in Washington D.C. for the 2018 NRA Public Affairs Conference. The group attended expert panels and informational sessions and lobbied congressional leaders on several crucial issues, including: health care, tax , ADA, and immigration reform.

Congratulations to NRA Vice Chair and Former IRA Chairman Jay Stieber of Lettuce Entertain You for organizing an exceptional event this year.

The delegation met with 13 Congressmen and their staff on Capitol Hill to discuss the important issues that greatly impact our industry. IRA members shared their personal stories and insight with legislators from across Illinois.

Thank you to all who attended to advocate for our industry on the national level, including: Ken Bennett, Choose Chicago; John Colletti, Gibson's Restaurant Group; Court Conn, Conn Hospitality Group; Casey Conn, Conn Hospitality Group; Matthew Dattilo, Simpson-Dattilo; Grant DePorter, Harry Caray's Restaurant Group; Patrick Donelly, Hyatt Regency Chicago; Jim Kallas; Eurest A Division of Compass Group; Bob Shannon, Hinshaw & Culbertson; Jay Stieber, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises; Marla Topliff; Rosati's Pizza; and Kevin Vaughan, Vaughan Hospitality.

We look forward to another big year at the 2019 NRA Public Affairs Conference. For more information about IRA Lobby Days, please contact Matt Quinn, IRA Government Relations & Communications Manager, at (312) 380-4122 or

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