Rockford leaders consider home rulel Leaders

By WIFR Newsroom | Posted: Tue 7:49 PM, Jan 09, 2018 Updated: Tue 10:43 PM, Jan 09, 2018 ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – For more than two decades, the city of Rockford has worked without home rule. Now leaders and business owners are taking a look at the positives and negatives of taking power back from…

Tips Equal Over Half Of Restaurant Staff Income, Report Says

Source: Law360 By Joyce Hanson January 11, 2018 More than half of earnings for waiters and bartenders come from tips, says a new report released Thursday as the U.S. Department of Labor considers reversing an Obama-era rule that prevents employers from redistributing servers’ tips to back-of-house employees. The new report from the National Employment Law…

IL Appeals Court to Hear Retailer Shipping Case Next Month

Source: Wine & Spirits Daily January 10, 2018 The state of Illinois and an Indiana retailer will soon get another chance to present their arguments for and against Illinois’ direct-to-consumer shipping laws during an appeal hearing set for February 16. WHAT TO KNOW. Under current Illinois law, alcohol retailers in the state must obtain a…

Section of Illinois DUI law ruled unconstitutional

• Illinois News Network • Jan 7, 2018 Anne Kitzman | Shutterstock Law enforcement officers investigating DUI cases need a warrant before drawing blood and urine samples from a driver suspected of being impaired, a split Illinois appeals court ruled. In a 2-1 decision, the 1st District Illinois Appellate Court ruled part of the state’s…

Illinois Rolls Back LLC Fees

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation that substantially reduces startup, annual filing and other fees for limited liability companies (LLCs), the organizational structure preferred by many of Illinois’ 1.2 million small businesses. The new law will encourage more businesses to form in Illinois rather than go to other states to escape high fees. Effective today, the…

American Beverage Licensees Executive Director John Bodnovich: Statement on the NAS Report on Alcohol-Impaired Driving

BETHESDA, MD – January 17, 2018 – American Beverage Licensees (ABL) Executive Director John Bodnovich issued the following statement regarding the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) study “Getting to Zero Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities: A Comprehensive Approach to a Persistent Problem”. “Independent beverage business owners, with strong ties to their local communities, have long been engaged…

American Beverage Licensees Executive Director John Bodnovich: Statement on the NAS Report on Alcohol-Impaired Driving

American Beverage Licensees Executive Director John Bodnovich: Statement on the NAS Report on Alcohol-Impaired Driving   BETHESDA, MD – January 17, 2018 – American Beverage Licensees (ABL) Executive Director John Bodnovich issued the following statement regarding the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) study “Getting to Zero Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities: A Comprehensive Approach to a…

Closing Liquor Loopholes

Crain’s reporting and recent editorial on Illinois retailers shipping alcohol out of state missed key facts. It created the false impression that retailers are unfair targets of regulators or wholesalers. In reality, some retailers have long been in conflict with Illinois and other states’ laws and are now asking that the law not be applied…