INFORMATIONAL UPDATE December 28, 2023

The Illinois Licensed Beverage Association (ILBA) continues to fight for our industry. We wish you a year filled with prosperity and success. Cheers to the New Year! Paid Leave Act goes into effect – January 1, 2024 The ILBA has available (thanks to the ILBA CILBA Springfield Chapter 43) 2 different “Paid Leave Policies” to…

The New Tipping Landscape and How Tipping is Evolving

By Lesley Jacobs SolmonsonDec 12, 2023 1:12pm In the early days of the post-Covid era, Aidan Demarest, director of Nightlife at the Sofitel Hotel in Beverly Hills, saw consumer tipping increase. “People were so grateful,” he says, “for smiling faces and food made by someone else that they tipped generously….Gratuity is the response to gratitude.” This…

Chicago liquor stores are selling THC-infused drinks

Source: https://www.axios.com/ December 12, 2023 THC drinks are hitting the shelves at Chicago liquor stores due to a legal loophole. Why it matters: Chicagoans are able to pick up six-packs of THC seltzers outside of a licensed dispensary, as local business owners cash in on the buzzy beverage trend. State of play: THC seltzer brand…

Beverage Retailers Toast 90th Anniversary of Repeal Day

BETHESDA, MD — American Beverage Licensees (ABL), the nation’s leading trade association representing on- and off-premise beverage alcohol retailers, is raising a glass in celebration of the 90th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition, which took place on December 5, 1933. This milestone marks nearly a century of the restoration of a fundamental American tradition:…

Beverage Retailers Toast 90th Anniversary of Repeal Day

Beverage Retailers Toast 90th Anniversary of Repeal Day December 5, 2023 — BETHESDA, MD — American Beverage Licensees (ABL), the nation’s leading trade association representing on- and off-premise beverage alcohol retailers, is raising a glass in celebration of the 90th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition, which took place on December 5, 1933. This…

Restaurant hiring declines in October

Eating and drinking places lost about 7,500 jobs in October, according to the federal government, with hiring across all industries decelerating significantly. But the unemployment rate remained at 3.9%. Source: https://www.restaurantbusinessonline.com/ November 6, 2023 Restaurants and bars cut their payrolls by 7,500 jobs in October, snapping a climb that had brought employment in the sector…