From 1936-1961 our predecessors named the organization “Retail Liquor Dealers’ Protective Association.” The country had just been through prohibition and businesses were hit with new state and federal laws, creating challenging economic times. Our retail industry forefathers fought to keep taxes and workplace rules fair and tried to find ways for their businesses to prosper.
Like those before us, the Illinois Licensed Beverage Association works hard to keep the business climate fair. The ILBA employs lobbyists in Springfield and has been in many coalitions to keep our business climate steady. With the State of Illinois in the red, nothing will be off the table when the Legislature convenes in January. If you are not currently, I ask you to consider adding your name and business to the many that already belong to the ILBA. The old saying “strength in numbers” is what our organization was founded on and it still holds true today.
President / Souse’s Lounge Owner
The Illinois Licensed Beverage Association was very active during the 2017 Spring Session of the General Assembly. The 99th General Assembly in Springfield began with thousands of bills. The ILBA reviewed these bills and narrowed the number of bills that would impact our membership down to a few hundred. We pushed to pass several bills that support our members and our industry.
Our membership looks forward to continue working with the Illinois Liquor Control Commission on several issues including but not limited to maintaining the 3–Tier System and updating/revising Trade Practice Policies.