Register Today for the ABL Annual Meeting

Register Today for the ABL Annual Meeting Celebrate America’s Beverage Retailers June 10-11 in St. Louis Bethesda, MD – Registration is open for the 2023 American Beverage Licensees (ABL) Annual Meeting to be held June 10-11, 2023 at LIVE! By Loews in St. Louis, Missouri. ABL is turning 21 in 2023, and will be marking…

Restaurant and bar employment is almost back to pre-pandemic levels

Once again outpacing the rest of the economy, foodservice employers added 50,300 positions, bringing payrolls to within 0.6% of the February 2020 threshold. Source: https://www.restaurantbusinessonline.com/ April 11, 2023 Eating and drinking places again led the nation last month in job creation, adding 50,300 positions, or roughly one of every five jobs created across the economy,…

INFORMATIONAL UPDATE April 7, 2023

The Illinois Licensed Beverage Association (ILBA) continues to fight for our industry. Legislative Lobby Day, On Wednesday, March 22, 2023, the ILBA had a very successful Legislative Lobby Day.  Many ILBA members from across Illinois came to Springfield to support our industry.  Throughout the day ILBA members held meetings in the Capitol with State Representatives,…

Study: Illinois lost $334 million in tax revenue from cigarettes smuggled into state

(The Center Square) – A report reveals the correlation between rising cigarette taxes and smuggling from other states. The report from the nonprofit, nonpartisan Tax Foundation shows excessive tax rates on cigarettes induce substantial illicit market movement of tobacco products into high-tax states from low-tax states. The study found that the biggest increase in the country in cigarette…

Illinois: Coalition launches to support DTC in Illinois (Additional Coverage)

Source: https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/ By Alice Brooker March 27, 2023 Trade organisations have formed a coalition to campaign for direct-to-consumer (DTC) shipping in US state Illinois. The American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA), American Distilling Institute (ADI) and Distilled Spirits Council of the US (Discus) have launched the ‘Ship My Spirits’ coalition, a ‘grassroots’ movement to ‘modernise’ the…

Illinois Announces $175 Million in Back to Business Grants for Restaurants, Hotels, and Creative Arts Industry

March 23, 2023   SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – This week, Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity announced $175 million in Back to Business Grants available for sectors hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically, restaurants, hotels, and creative arts organizations. Applications are open for eligible businesses from April 5, 2023 –…