Directors Message

ILBA President Jeff Vogt

The Illinois Licensed Beverage Association was very active during the 2015 Spring Session of the General Assembly.  The 99th General Assembly in Springfield began with thousands of bills.  The ILBA reviewed these bills and narrowed the number of bills that would impact our membership down to a few hundred.  We pushed to pass several bills that support our members and our industry.  Additionally the ILBA killed many bills that would have adversely affected our businesses and membership.

The ILBA is pleased to introduce a new feature this year in our monthly Illinois Beverage Guide:  Beer Distributor Listing by County.  This new listing will compliment our current wine and spirit distributor product list. (See back of issue beginning on page 16A)
Our membership looks forward to working with the Illinois Liquor Control Commission on several issues including but not limited to maintaining the 3–Tier System and updating/revising Trade Practice Policies.  Additionally the ILBA along with the Illinois Gaming Board will welcome legalized Video Gaming in our locations this year.  Yes, 2015 will be a busy year for our industry in Illinois.