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NRA Public Affairs Conference 2017

In March 2017, a delegation of IRA members joined hundreds of their peers in Washington D.C. for the 2017 NRA Public Affairs Conference. The group attended expert panels and informational sessions and lobbied congressional leaders on several crucial issues, including: health care reform, tax reform, and maintaining debit card swipe fee protections.

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

On Wednesday, 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: John Colletti, Gibson's Restaurant Group; Patrick Donelly, Hyatt Regency Chicago; Adam Hebert, The Radler; John Heil, Heil & Kay Insurance; Glenn Keefer, Heil & Kay Insurance; Steve Palmer, Palmer Place LaGrange; Alicia Rocha, Texas de Brazil; Jay Stieber, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises; Kevin Vaughan, Vaughan Hospitality; and Clinton Wolf, UnitedHealthcare.

We look forward to another big year at the 2018 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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