DWI’s, How big is the problem?

Source: Explosion by Nick Guli November 22, 2019 In the USA, nearly 30 people every day are killed due to a driver who is under the influence of alcohol, approximately one an hour. The combined cost of all alcohol-related crashes is a staggering 45 billion dollars. This is a severe problem that needs to be…

The RIDE Act’s embrace of inaccurate breathalyzers

Legislating around alcohol and driving using imperfect technology.   By Rick Berman – – Monday, November 18, 2019 ANALYSIS/OPINION: Most Americans are familiar with breathalyzers — devices commonly used by law enforcement to detect the blood-alcohol concentration level (BAC) of a driver. Although major legal repercussions hinge on the readings from these devices, rarely do people…

CHICAGO RESTAURANTS WIN MAYOR’S SUPPORT FOR KEEPING A TIP CREDIT

But the wage-hike plan from Lori Lightfoot would raise the city’s minimum pay to $15 an hour by July 2021. Source: https://www.restaurantbusinessonline.com/ By Peter Romeo Nov. 14, 2019 Chicago’s full-service restaurants notched a victory yesterday when Mayor Lori Lightfoot issued a wage-hike plan that preserves the tip credit. Her proposal calls for raising the wage…

Nearly half of states slated to increase minimum wage

Hikes scheduled as $15 an hour federal proposal stalls in Congress Source: https://www.nrn.com/ Ron Ruggless Nov 12, 2019 Nearly half the states will be imposing higher minimum wage rates effective New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, with an increasing number of increases baked into earlier enacted graduated hikes or linked to economic indexes. With…

INSIDE LICENSING: CREATE A BUZZ WITH MUSIC

There’s only one thing better than a cold beer and spending a leisurely afternoon in a taproom with friends enjoying craft brews, and that’s having music in the background. Better yet, live musicians playing for the crowd. Music is used by businesses everywhere because it creates an atmosphere that encourages customers to relax and enjoy…

Butler Takes Action to Curb ‘Sweepstakes’ Machines

Rep. Tim Butler has filed legislation in the House to bring so-called “sweepstakes” machines under Illinois’ video gaming laws. By IL House, Patch Contributor Oct 29, 2019 1:03 pm CT | Updated Nov 5, 2019 9:25 am CT SPRINGFIELD – State Representative Tim Butler (R-Springfield) has filed legislation in the House to bring so-called “sweepstakes” machines under Illinois’…

Tipping point: Hike not to full $15 an hour

Lightfoot proposes minimum wage boost for tipped workers’ pay Chicago Tribune 14 Nov 2019 BY ALEXIA ELEJALDE-RUIZ AND JOHN BYRNE The Illinois Restaurant Association hailed the mayor’s plan. Mayor Lori Lightfoot unveiled a plan Wednesday to raise Chicago’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2021 and raise — but not eliminate — the subminimum…

ABL Celebrates 10th Annual Package Liquor Store Month This November

ABL Celebrates 10th Annual Package Liquor Store Month This November Annual Celebration Recognizes the Role Independent Off-Premise Retailers Have in Job Creation, Product Accessibility & Responsible Policies BETHESDA, MD – OCTOBER 31, 2019 – This November, American Beverage Licensees (ABL) and independent licensed beverage retailers nationwide will join together to celebrate the 10th Annual…