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Tuesday, November 21, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
*Holiday Notice* Promote Specials/Events in Accordance with Illinois Happy Hour Law »
The holidays are here, and Christmas and New Year's Eve are right around the corner. As you ramp up planning and promotion...
Monday, November 20, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Chicago Mag - Big Data Dining: Where Everybody Knows Your Name »
Chicago Magazine explored restaurants' use of data and individualized profiles to improve guests' dining experiences. IRA...
Friday, November 10, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Soda Tax Ends December 1, Refunds Available for Retailers and Distributors »
Recently, the Cook County Board of Commissioners repealed the Sweetened Beverage Tax . That repeal will be effective Dece...
Friday, November 3, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
2018 Jean Banchet Award Nominations Announced »
The 2018 Jean Banchet Awards for Culinary Excellence nominations were announced this week.  Congratulations to all IR...
Friday, October 27, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Crains: Billy Goat Tavern Launches New Beers Available at Jewel »
IRA Board member Bill Sianis and his father IRA Advisory Council member Sam Sianis of Billy Goat Tavern have introduced...
Monday, October 23, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
IRA Board Member Carmen Rossi Talks Tips for Success with Entrepreneur »
Entrepreneur recently featured IRA Board and Finance Committee member Carmen Rossi, owner 8 Hospitality Company  (H...
Friday, October 20, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
CBS Chicago HIghlights Chef's Table: Restaurateurs for Education Event »
CBS Chicago recently featured the upcoming IRA Chef's Table: the 40th Annual Restauranteurs for Education Gala. ...
Monday, October 16, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Eurest, IRA Chairman Jim Kallas Open Loop's Newest Food Hall Forum 55 »
IRA Chairman Jim Kallas, Division President of Eurest: A Division of Compass Group, was quoted in a DNAInfo feature on For...
Thursday, October 12, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Cook County Soda Tax Repealed! IRA Applauds Repeal of Regressive, Burdensome Tax »
Yestersday, Cook County became the first local unit of government in the country to repeal an existing beverage tax when t...
Friday, September 29, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Toia, Boehm, Singh, Melman Named to Amazon HQ2 Committee »
IRA President & CEO Sam Toia, IRA Board member Kevin Boehm of Boka Restaurant Group, IRA Advisory Council member Alpan...
Wednesday, September 27, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
City of Chicago, Business Groups Rally to Provide Aid to Mexico, Puerto Rico »
This week, IRA Second Vice Chair Sam Sanchez and IRA President & CEO Sam Toia joined several elected officials and civ...
Thursday, September 21, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Sam Toia, Rick Pearson Talk Chicago Gourmet, Soda Tax, and Immigration Reform on Sunday Spin »
This Sunday, IRA President & CEO Sam Toia joined Rick Pearson on the Sunday Spin radio show on WGN Radio.  S...
Monday, September 18, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Chicago Tribune: How "Restaurant City of the Year" Designation Bolsters City's Restaurant Scene »
IRA President & CEO Sam Toia recently talked with Chicago Tribune about the impact of Chicago being named 2017 Restaur...
Tuesday, September 12, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Cook County Residents & Business Call on Commissioners to Can The Soda Tax »
This week, hundreds of Cook County residents & businesses called on Cook County Commissioners to repeal the Cook Count...
Monday, September 11, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
*Final Deadline September 21* Cook County Biz Amusement Tax on Sat. TV Voluntary Disclosure Program »
The Cook County Department of Revenue has extended the submission deadline to Thursday, September 21 for business subscrib...
Tuesday, September 5, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Sam Toia Named to Crain's 2017 Who's Who in Business »
IRA President & CEO Sam Toia was recently named to Crain's Who's Who in Chicago Business list - Crain's annual directo...
Friday, September 1, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
New Allergen Awareness Training Law Protects Diners and Businesses »
The State Journal-Register recently featured a new law for restaurants that requires one certified foodservice sanitation...
Tuesday, August 29, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Tribune: Porcini Aims to Make Restaurateurs' Lives Easier , Sam Toia on Restaurant Tech »
This week, the Chicago Tribune's Blue Sky Innovation featured Porcini, a cloud-based platform built to streamline back-of-...
Friday, August 25, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Sam Toia on Immigration Report: Pragmatic Reforms Will Help Industry Thrive »
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs issued report on a two year study  analyzing the hospitality industry's relianc...
Wednesday, August 23, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Sam Sanchez Talks IRA Advocacy, Latino Membership with El Restaurante »
IRA Second Vice Chairman Sam Sanchez (Old Crow Smokehouse, Moe's Cantina, John Barleycorn) recently spoke with El Restaura...
Monday, August 21, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
America’s Dog & Burger Expanding With Strategic Franchising Plan »
IRA member Manolis Alpogianis, co-founder of America’s Dog & Burger (AD&B), recently announced a strategic franchi...
Thursday, August 17, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Sam Toia Talks Chicago Gourmet, 10th Anniversary with Dane Neal on WGN-AM »
This week, IRA President & CEO Sam Toia joined Dane Neal on WGN-AM Radio to discuss the 10th Anniversary of Chicago Go...
Tuesday, August 8, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Bon Appétit Names Chicago Restaurant City of the Year »
This week, Bon Appétit magazine named the City of Chicago the 2017 Restaurant City of the Year! After Condé Nast Traveler...
Wednesday, August 2, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Manny's 75th Anniversary Benefits IRAEF »
This week, Manny's Cafeteria and Delicatessen celebrated its 75th Anniversary at an event benefiting the IRA Educational F...
Monday, July 31, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Soda Tax in Effect Aug. 2; Sam Toia Talks Negative Impact of Tax on CBS2 »
On Friday, the Cook County Sweetened Beverage Tax was cleared to go into effect by a Cook County judge. The County annou...
Friday, July 21, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Cook County Soda Tax Still on Hold; Judge to Issue Ruling on July 28 »
A judge on Friday again extended a temporary restraining order blocking Cook County's proposed tax on sugary beverages.&nb...
Friday, July 21, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Toia, Weiner, Singh on Happy Hour Two Year Anniversary in Chicago Tribune »
IRA President & CEO Sam Toia, IRA Executive Committee Member Scott Weiner of The Fifty/50 Group , and IRA Advisory Co...
Wednesday, July 5, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Sam Toia on WLS Radio - Soda Tax is Regressive and Burdernsome; Tax on Hold Until July 12 »
IRA President & CEO Sam Toia joined Bob Sirott and Susanna Homan on WLS 780 AM radio to discuss the pending Cook Count...
Sunday, July 2, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
*UPDATED EMPLOYER NOTICES* Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave in Chicago, Cook County »
Employers are required to post notices of several local, state, and federal laws in a conspicuous location in their place...
Tuesday, June 27, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
IRA in Chicago Mag: What's the Deal with the New Soda Tax? »
Chicago Magazine broke down what the Cook County Sweetened Beverage Tax means for consumers starting on July 1, 2017. ...
Wednesday, June 14, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Chicago Gourmet Launches eXtraordinary Chefs - eXtraordinary Places This Fall »
On Tuesday morning, the Illinois Restaurant Association announced the full lineup of Chicago Gourmet's eX traordinary C...
Thursday, June 8, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Updated Soda Tax Rules from Cook County: Separate Line Item OK, Price Must Be Inclusive of Tax »
Recently, the Cook County Department of Revenue reissued Regulation-2 and the FAQ on the upcoming Sweetened Beverage T...
Thursday, June 8, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
IRA Chairman Jim Kallas Featured in Segment Highlighting Detroit Favorite: Press Room Cafe »
2017 IRA Chairman Jim Kallas, Division President of Eurest Dining, was featured by Local 4 News in Detroit in a piece on t...
Thursday, June 1, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Sam Toia in Chicago Tribune: Can The Cook County Beverage Tax »
IRA President & CEO Sam Toia recent co-authored a letter to the Chicago Tribune with John Coli, Jr., President of Team...
Wednesday, May 24, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
City of Chicago Announces New Min. Wage Rates: $11 for Nontipped, $6.10 for Tipped Employees »
The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection has released the new minimum wage rate for tipp...

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