Chicago Considers Flavored Tobacco Ban

Illinois Association of Convenience Stores CEO says move would hurt c-stores’ bottom line By Hannah Prokop on Jul. 08, 2020 CHICAGO — A proposed Chicago ordinance seeking to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products in the city could destroy a category that makes upwards of 30% of convenience stores’ in-store sales, one opponent of the ban said.Illinois c-stores…

Chicago closes loophole

Chicago closes loophole, taxes remote DTC wine sales starting July 2020 Source: <https://www.avalara.com/> https://www.avalara.com/ Gail Cole Jun 30, 2020 As of July 1, 2020, wineries are required to collect Chicago liquor tax on sales made directly to consumers with a Chicago address. This is a significant departure from previous policy: Chicago liquor tax applied only…

PLACE YOUR BETS – GAMING IS BACK

PLACE YOUR BETS By BEN ZIGTERMAN bzigterman@news-gazette.com CHAMPAIGN — Beginning at 9 a.m. today, video-gambling machines at establishments around the state will be turned on for the first time since March 16, when they were shut down because of the coronavirus. Of course, that’s assuming all goes smoothly, which isn’t a take-it-to-the-bank bet. “We’ve been…

ABL Statement on States Re-closing Bars and Taverns

June 30, 2020 BETHESDA, MD – American Beverage Licensees (ABL) Executive Director John Bodnovich issued the following statement regarding states re-closing bars and taverns due to COVID-19: “After being shut down for up to 100 days in some states, laying off their employees and suffering devastating financial losses, bar and tavern owners have taken steps…

ABL Statement on States Re-closing Bars and Taverns

ABL Statement on States Re-closing Bars and Taverns June 30, 2020 BETHESDA, MD – American Beverage Licensees (ABL) Executive Director John Bodnovich issued the following statement regarding states re-closing bars and taverns due to COVID-19: “After being shut down for up to 100 days in some states, laying off their employees and suffering devastating…

ILBA INFORMATIONAL UPDATE JUNE 18, 2020

COVID19 DISRUPTION – THURSDAY JUNE 18, 2020 Business Interruption Grants (BIG) & Community Support: Governor JB Pritzker has announced $900 million in additional relief measures to support families and businesses facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic and recent civil unrest. This assistance, including Business Interruption Grants, rental and mortgage assistance, additional relief for…

Grubhub to Merge with Just Eat in $7.3 Billion Deal

Talks with Uber fell through after antitrust concerns. Source: https://www.qsrmagazine.com/ June 11, 2020 In the wake of negotiations breaking down with Uber, Grubhub will merge with Just Eat Takeaway, a third-party delivery provider based in Europe, for an estimated $7.3 billion. The combined company will become the world’s largest online food delivery company outside China,…

ILBA INFORMATIONAL UPDATE JUNE 4, 2020

ILBA INFORMATIONAL UPDATE JUNE 4, 2020 COVID19 DISRUPTION – THURSDAY JUNE 4, 2020 GOVERNOR PRITZKER SIGNS “COCKTAILS TO-GO”: Cocktails To-Go Recap: Sealed container – means a new rigid container, has a secured lid or cap designed to prevent consumption without removal of the lid or cap and is tamper-evident.  DOES NOT include a container with…