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July 11
Mystic Blue - Navy Pier

July 13  
for the Kids XI
Arlington Racecourse
Arlington Heights 

August 15
29th Annual
Super Golf Classic
Harborside International 
Golf Center

Tuckaway Golf Club

October 4
Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile 

November 1
Hyatt Regency O'Hare





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Jennifer Chase
Managing Director, Events
Emma Cheong 
Event & Sales Coordinator

Susannah Flanner
Director of Membership/ Strategic Partnerships

Mark Malayter

David Miller
Director of IT
Karrie Teel
Director of Education & Communications
Springfield Office
Scott Dahl
Regional Director of Membership
Brenda Jo Jacob
Director of 
Governmental Affairs

June was a busy month for our hotel members and for IHLA. On June 13th, IHLA kicked off the month with 44th Ward Chicago Alderman speaking to our General Managers at NoMI Kitchen at Park Hyatt Chicago hosted by General Manager, Sara Kearney. Alderman Tunney, who represents Wrigleyville and the Lakeview/Lincoln Park neighborhoods and owns and operates three Ann Sather Restaurants, knows the hospitality industry better than any other elected official. Alderman Tunney, who is one of our greatest friends and supporters, will be a great leader for IHLA as we finalize several City proposed ordinances in the next few months.

On June 21st, IHLA hosted our 5th Annual Illinois Women in Lodging Mentorship & Networking Boat Cruise on the Mystic Blue. The event was tremendously successful with over 110 attendees enjoying wonderful weather, food and beverages, and great networking opportunities. Thanks to all the women leaders from our member hotels who supported this event.
Also in June, IHLA's Educational Foundation Scholarship Committee met via conference call on June 8th to select the finalists from numerous candidates who applied for IHLAEF's 2017/18 academic year scholarships. On June 29th, the Scholarship Committee interviewed the finalists to determine this year's recipients. Each of our 25 scholarship winners will receive a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and a maximum scholarship of $5,000. Winners will be announced shortly, and over $50,000 will be awarded during the upcoming 2017/18 academic year. Thanks to all our members who helped make it possible for our Educational Foundation to help these deserving students.

IHLA continues to be busy in July starting with starting with our Under 30 Gateway Networking Dinner Cruise on July 11th aboard the Mystic Blue. This is a great event for the future leaders of the hotel industry to network and learn about the hotel industry. Please encourage your under 30 staff members to take advantage of this great opportunity by registering for this event HERE.

Finally, IHLA is looking forward to hosting our 11th Annual Pony Up for the Kids Fundraiser at Arlington Park Racecourse on July 13th. This event will be a lot of fun and help raise money for IHLA's Educational Foundation Scholarship Program. Please join us to make a lot of money betting on the horses and to support a wonderful cause. Click
HERE  for more information and to register.

I hope everyone continues to have a great summer.

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29th Annual IHLA Super Golf Classic
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Harborside International Golf Center

Join us for the premiere hotel industry golf outing featuring an incredible day of golf and networking with the finest in hospitality, a perfect way to entertain VIP clients!
Event Includes:
  • 18-Hole Golf with GPS Carts
  • Morning Refreshments by Tito's Handmade Vodka
  • BBQ Lunch Buffet
  • Beverages by MillerCoors, Breakthru Beverage of Illinois, & PepsiCo
  • Steak Dinner with Top-shelf Reception
  • Live Music, Awards, Grand Travel Raffle
  • $100 Gift Giveaway Featuring Our Mobile Pro Shop
For questions, contact: Jennifer Chase
For customizable Golf & Sponsorship Packages, contact: Emma Cheong

20th Annual Stars of the Industry Nominations
About Stars of the Industry: Employee recognition and retention are invaluable elements to the success of hotels. IHLA's Stars of the Industry Awards Program was established in 1996 to honor IHLA member hotel employees for their outstanding accomplishments, service, and leadership in the hospitality and lodging industry. Illinois has thousands of exceptional hotel and lodging employees who help our visitors enjoy their stay, and the Stars Program recognizes the best of the best, those who truly go above and beyond and whose incredible hard work, dedication, attentiveness, and genuine kindness towards both guests and fellow colleagues is an inspiration their peers. #IHLAStarsoftheIndustry
To honor the talent and performance of employees who go that extra mile to provide extraordinary service to their hotel guests, each year, awards are presented to individuals in 11 categories from IHLA member hotels in 4 regions:
Chicago | Suburban Chicago | Central Illinois | Southern Illinois (NEW, Limited Categories)
IHLA Hosts 3 Annual Stars of the Industry Events:
-Stars of the Industry Central Illinois Regional Luncheon | 10/25/17
-Stars of the Industry Chicagoland Regional Luncheon | 11/1/17
-State Stars of the Industry & Membership Holiday Luncheon | 12/14/17
Participating in Stars of the Industry : We encourage all of our members to participate in this high profile employee recognition program; to nominate and show appreciation for your outstanding team members and give them the opportunity to be recognized by their peers at an entertaining celebration they will never forget. There is no cost to nominate an IHLA hotel member employee. 

Submit nominations for your associates, managers, & directors by 8/17/17!

Would you like to serve as an Honorary Judge? Contact: Jennifer Chase

On June 13th, Sara Kearney hosted IHLA's bi-monthly Chicagoland Council of Hotel General Managers Breakfast Meeting at NoMI Lounge at Park Hyatt Chicago. Attendees enjoyed networking and a delicious breakfast spread (the homemade cinnamon rolls did not disappoint) and heard from keynote speaker: Alderman Tom Tunney, 44th Ward. Alderman Tunney discussed several topics including the importance of teamwork, exceptional service, and attention to detail in the hotel industry and attentiveness to the local community. He emphasized that increasing wages is not the answer and he will continue to support our industry. The Alderman also answered questions regarding business and happenings in and around Wrigleyville. 
Next General Manager's Breakfast Meeting:
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
8:00am Breakfast & Networking | 8:30am Program Begins
Interested in Sponsoring a 2017 Bi-monthly GM Breakfast Meeting?
Contact Emma Cheong for more information.
5th Annual I-WIL Mentorship & Networking Boat Cruise
On June 21st, I-WIL kicked off the summer season by hosting an afternoon of networking and fun aboard the Mystic Blue on Lake Michigan. The event had record-setting attendance with over 100 women who mingled as they enjoyed the DJ, appetizers, and cocktails along with the always stunning skyline views. Guests participated in entertaining ice breaker games and received a special parting gift from Macy's Water Tower featuring What Goes Around Comes Around, their exclusive line of luxury vintage handbags. Congrats to the event's photo contest winner: Nicole Casaletto from The Blackstone, Autograph Collection. Her lighthouse photo is featured below! Special thanks to our Partner, Entertainment Cruises, and the Mystic Blue Chicago team for once again co-hosting this fantastic event.

Under 30 Gateway Networking Dinner Cruise
Tuesday, July 11, 2017  
Mystic Blue - Navy Pier
5:30pm VIP Dockside Reception | 6:00pm Boarding | 6:30pm-8:30pm Cruising
Join the Illinois Chapter of Under 30 Gateway on a Lake-Breeze Dinner Lounge Cruise aboard Entertainment Cruises' Mystic Blue docked at Navy Pier and enjoy an evening of networking, fun, and incredible views on Lake Michigan. Tickets include access to an exclusive VIP Dockside party, dinner, cocktails, live entertainment, dancing, and games. 

Legislative Update
The Illinois General Assembly adjourned on May 31st without passing a budget out of both chambers. With the 2017 fiscal year ending on June 30th, Governor Bruce Rauner called both the House and Senate in for a Special Session on June 21st. It is expected that the Special Session will continue until when/if a budget agreement can be reached.
During the entire budget process, IHLA continues to lobby the General Assembly on our key message:  Investment in Illinois' growing visitor industry translates into a huge Return on Investment for the State. And, any delay or reduction in tourism funding should simply not be an option for lawmakers as it would have a direct, immediate negative impact on hotel occupancy, tax receipts, etc.
The budget process and inability of the General Assembly to agree on a balanced budget has stymied action on many of the other pieces of legislation that IHLA has been working on. IHLA has been promoting SB 852 (Theater Tax Credit), which did pass both the Senate and the House. SB 852 provides that the amount of tax credits awarded are increased from $2M to $4M in FY2017. SB 852 has been sent to the Governor for signature.
Another key piece of legislation impacting the hotel industry that did narrowly pass, against opposition from the business community, is an increase in the minimum wage in Illinois. The legislation creates a new two-tiered system phase-in increase based on the workers' age and experience.
The legislation increases the minimum wage for employees 18 years or older or 18 years and younger with more than 650 hours of work to $9.00 per hour effective January 1, 2018; $10 per hour effective January 1, 2019; $11.25 per hour effective January 1, 2020; $13.00 per hour effective January 1, 2021; and $15.00 per hour effective January 1, 2022.
It further provides that the minimum wage for employees younger than 18 years with less than 650 hours of work be increased to $8.00 effective January 1, 2018; $8.50 effective January 1, 2019; $9.25 effective January 1, 2020; $10.50 effective January 1, 2021; and $12.00 effective January 1, 2022.
The minimum wage increase bill is headed to the Governor's desk for action where it is debatable whether or not the Governor will sign the bill. In the past, the Governor has stated that any minimum wage increase must be tied to his "turn around" agenda.
For questions, contact: Brenda Jo Jacob


Constellation Webinar for Energy Buyers
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017 | 1:00 pm CDT 

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Pony Up for the Kids XI
Thursday July 13, 2017
Arlington International Racecourse | Beverly D. Suite
2200 W. Euclid Ave. | Arlington Heights, IL 60005
12:30pm - 5:30pm | Chef's Table: 1:00pm - 3:00pm | Post Time: 1:25pm

All event proceeds benefit the IHLAEF Scholarship Program.

Exacta? Trifecta? Superfecta? You Betcha!  Get ready for an exciting day at the races in the classy yet comfortable Beverly D. Suite of Arlington Racecourse. Guests will mingle in the private room and covered walkout terrace with stunning bird's eye views of the track, indulge in the delicious fare and premium cocktails, and enjoy the benefit of a horseracing professional on hand to offer winning selections and betting strategies.

Thank You Event Sponsors 
Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association
P: 312-346-3135 | F: 312-346-6036

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