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IN THIS ISSUE | February 2019
Governmental Affairs
Upcoming Events
Hospitality Headlines
Member News
Educational Foundation
Trump Chicago

March 12-13
IHLA Lobby Day

March 19
The Palmer House Hilton

April 26
The Hospitality Gala
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile

May 10
IHLAEF Scholarship 
Application Deadline
McCormick Place

June 20
Spirit of Chicago at Navy Pier
July 11
Arlington Park Racecourse
July 18
Mystic Blue at Navy Pier

August 20
Harborside International 
Golf Center
September 17
Tuckaway Golf Club, Crete
October 23
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bloomington




The Chicago HEaT (Hospitality, Entertainment, & Tourism) Security Association's mission is to share communications, alerts, & training that affect the Hospitality, Entertainment, & Tourism Industry with the assistance of law enforcement partners, reducing the impact of incidents on our industry, maximizing safety, & minimizing crime in our community.  
Yesterday, the Illinois House of Representatives approved a minimum wage increase to $15 by 2025. IHLA has worked tirelessly in recent weeks to educate lawmakers on how this increase will impact our business, especially in areas of the state outside of the Chicagoland area. While the outcome wasn't what we had hoped for, I am at least grateful that we were able to successfully push back against a faster ramp-up period.
I'm also proud of how our hotels stepped up and spoke out on our industry's behalf. We generated a large amount of letters and calls to legislators stressing our position. Additionally, several of our members participated in press conferences, media interviews and even testified on behalf of IHLA in front of the House of Representatives this week.
From the beginning, we knew this would be an uphill battle. And trust me, it won't be the last. There are already multiple legislative proposals that have the potential to drastically impact our hotels' operations in Illinois. This is why it is so important for you to join us in Springfield for our Lobby Day on March 12-13th. I thank you not only for what you've done already but for what you will offer the Association in our future advocacy battles.  
IHLA Lobby Day
In Partnership with ICCVB & IRA
Tuesday, March 12 - Wednesday, March 13, 2019 | Springfield, IL 
Help us show the strength, breadth, and unity of the hospitality and tourism industry to Members of the 101st Illinois General Assembly and continue educating our elected officials on the importance of our industry. It is more important than ever that hoteliers engage with those who have the power to lead change. We are grateful for our members' commitment to advocating for policies that benefit our industry in the long-term.

GA Update
Besides engaging on minimum wage, the IHLA team has been active on many other issues in Springfield as well. Negotiations continue with the House and Senate sponsors of legislation to introduce employee safety devices statewide. Much of what they aim to accomplish is already underway as part of AHLA and the major brands' 5-Star Promise. Other issues include changes to the state's plumbing code, paid parental leave, human trafficking prevention, adjustments to the state hotel tax reimbursement credit, and new regulations around Airbnb. IHLA will host a webinar later this month to educate our members about our efforts related to these and other issues pending in the Illinois General Assembly.
In Chicago, IHLA joined with other associations to launch the Work Your Way Coalition last week. This new coalition aims to educate City Council, media and the general public about how detrimental it would be to implement the restrictive scheduling ordinance that is currently under consideration. We also released a poll that proves that employees are overwhelmingly satisfied with their current work schedules and want to preserve the flexibility that our hotels and other businesses offer our workers. I encourage you to learn more and get involved.
Under 30 & GM Connect Reception
February 19, 2019
Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago
Hit the ground running in 2019 with the Illinois Chapter of Under 30 and enjoy an evening of networking and fun. Event features include exclusive guest speaker  Eric Danziger, Trump Hotels CEO , power networking with local industry leaders, drinks and hors d'oeuvres and raffle prizes! 

Hospitality Hires Chicago
March 19, 2019
The Palmer House Hilton
IHLA along with Choose Chicago, Chicago Loop Alliance, Illinois Restaurant Association, Near South Planning Board, and The Magnificent Mile Association have once again partnered with the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership to host the 4th Annual Hospitality Hires Chicago. This is an event for employers and pre-screened job seekers to meet and interview. To date, HHC events have helped more than 600 people get conditional job offers and is providing more than 200 employers with access to thousands of pre-screened work-ready candidates.

The Hospitality Gala
April 26, 2019
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
Join us for a night of networking and entertainment like you've never experienced before! Celebrate the achievements of our industry with an evening featuring exciting entertainment over spectacular food and libations and sweet stations provided by area culinary schools. A perfect evening to reward your top employee performers or entertain your top clients! 

Governmental Affairs Updates
Chicago Business Journal: Illinois Senate votes to raise state minimum wage to $15 an hour

News You Can Use
Illinois Hotel & Tourism News
Latest IHLA Press Releases

Welcome New Hotel Members
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162 E Ohio St
Chicago, IL 60611
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200 N Green St
Chicago, IL 60607
Welcome New Allied Members
Pete Klingler | 630-607-6900
Nations Roof is a nationally certified company specializing in providing various commercial roofing services such as preventative maintenance inspections, roof asset management, budget planning, 24/7 emergency repairs, on call and online service, and roof replacement.
John Groh | 815-963-8111
The Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (RACVB) is a private, non-profit organization established in 1984 to promote and champion efforts to make the Rockford Region an overnight visitor destination. The mission of RACVB is to achieve pre-eminent destination stature for the Rockford Region.

Nabeel Toubayly | 888-211-0521
Lokated is a free web-based logistics platform that provides a simpler approach to handling all your lost and found needs. They give time back to their customers so they can get back to business and provide guests with the best experience. Born in Chicago, Lokated is now partnered with hotels in over 10 different U.S. cities.

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2019 Scholarship Applications
HLAEF 2019 Scholarship Applications are now available on our website at Please encourage eligible family, friends, and colleagues to apply. 

Why Apply for an IHLAEF Scholarship?
  • Scholarship awards are excellent for enhancing resumes, and an IHLAEF Scholarship shows you have earned recognition from the industry.
  • IHLAEF Scholarship recipients are better positioned to network, gain visibility, and advance in the hospitality industry. Recipients receive complimentary tickets to IHLA's Under 30 events and Annual Hospitality Awards Luncheon with admission to the NRA Show.
  • Our scholarships are renewable, providing an opportunity to receive a minimum of $7,000 over four years.  
  • Unlike a loan, scholarship money never needs to be paid back
The deadline to apply is May 10, 2019.   
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