Elimination of Tipped Wage – Update

The legislation to eliminate tipped wages in Illinois was filed today, Friday, February 9, 2024 as HB5345. Hearings on this Bill have not been scheduled yet. The proposed legislation would be effective 1/1/25 and home rule municipalities must adhere to this policy.

Credit card company monopolies impact small businesses

Sen. Dick Durbin proposes legislation to create more competition By Scott Reeder Strings are often attached in Mark Yeates’ business transactions. The owner of Dick’s Shoe Repair, 314 W. Laurel St., enjoys putting new shoestrings on pairs of Oxfords or stitching new soles onto wingtips. But one string he doesn’t like is the one credit card…

Illinois wine tax four times higher than in New York and LA

Source: https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/ By Sarah Neish January 18, 2024   Excise taxes on wine are significantly higher in the state of Illinois than in other major US regions, meaning Chicago consumers are among the hardest hit in the United States. Alcohol tax rates vary significantly from state to state, with the taxes often used to fund…

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…