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Sam Toia

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Illinois Restaurant Association President Sam Toia is encouraging customers to be kind to restaurant staff amidst the vaccine mandate

Steve Dale's Other World

Steve Dale speaks with Sam Toia, President and CEO of the Illinois Restaurant Association, about how restaurants are handling the newly implemented vaccine mandate. Sam explains why he supports the mandate, emphasizes the importance of customers getting vaccinated and boosted so that businesses are able to stay open, and more. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3911612/3911612_2022-01-09-185712.64kmono.mp3 President of the Illinois Restaurant Association reacts to the new vaccine requirement

9 Jan 2022

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Sam Toia, President of the Illinois Restaurant Association, is not in favor of a vaccine passport to get in to restaurants around Chicagoland

Bob Sirott

Sam Toia, President of the Illinois Restaurant Association, joined Bob Sirott to explain why he isn’t in favor of the proposed plan by Chicago Aldermen to require restaurants to have customer show proof of vaccination to be allowed to eat at the restaurant. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3881891/Sam_Toia_100421_2021-10-04-131131.64kmono.mp3

4 Oct 2021

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Sam Toia on how to revive Chicago’s restaurant industry

The CloutCast

Sam Toia is an extremely visible presence around city government, whether he’s standing alongside the mayor at press conferences, lobbying aldermen behind the scenes or promoting public education and tourism initiatives. As president and CEO of the Illinois Restaurant Association, Toia’s job is to advocate for eateries across the state — to make sure the restaurant industry is “at the table, not on the menu” for public policymakers, as he puts it. That job got much harder after restaurants were decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and Toia has had a front-row seat to the panoply of federal, state and local programs that have been put in place to try to keep restaurateurs afloat. He spoke with The Daily Line’s Alex Nitkin about the deep toll the pandemic took on Chicago’s restaurant scene, and what it’s going to take for the industry to bounce back, including a new round of funding from the federal government and a purge of red tape by the city.


19 Jul 2021

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‘40% of restaurants could close for good’ – Illinois Restaurant Association President Sam Toia on impact of COVID-19 surge

Chicago's Afternoon News with Lisa Dent

Illinois Restaurant Association President, Sam Toia joins Steve Bertrand on Chicago’s Afternoon News to talk about surging COVID-19 numbers and an announcement by Gov. JB Pritzker that indoor dining in Will, Kankakee, Kane and DuPage counties has been suspended. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3790436/3790436_2020-10-20-210436.64kmono.mp3 Follow Your Favorite Chicago’s Afternoon News Personalities on Twitter: Follow @SteveBertrand Follow @kpowell720 Follow @kgfrankenthal Follow @maryvandevelde DuPage, Kane, Kankakee and Will county regions hit state’s COVID-19 ‘failsafe’ level for new restrictions

20 Oct 2020

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Illinois Restaurant Association President Sam Toia: ‘Covered faces keep open places’

Bob Sirott

Sam Toia. President of the Illinois Restaurant Association, joined Bob Sirott to talk about how an estimated 20-25% of restaurants will permanently close as a result of the pandemic and how the Winter Dining Challenge can help restaurants in the winter months. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3788970/Sam_Toia_101220_2020-10-12-134510.64kmono.mp3

12 Oct 2020

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Illinois Restaurant Association President Sam Toia on Chicago easing restrictions on indoor bars and restaurants: ‘It’s a step in the right direction and every little bit helps’

Anna Davlantes

Illinois Restaurant Association president & CEO Sam Toia joins Anna to talk about Mayor Lightfoot announcing that she’s easing restrictions on indoor bars and restaurants. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3786890/3786890_2020-09-28-233630.64kmono.mp3 Chicago easing restrictions on businesses including bars and restaurants

28 Sep 2020

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City Club of Chicago: Sam Toia, President & CEO of the Illinois Restaurant Association

City Club of Chicago

August 12, 2020 Sam Toia – President & CEO – Illinois Restaurant Association https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3779938/City_Club_Sam_Toia_2020-08-12-215238.64kmono.mp3 Sam Toia Since 2012, Sam Toia has served as President & CEO of the Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA), a non-profit trade association representing the state’s largest private sector employer, with projected employment in 2019 of 588,000 people and more than $30.1 billion in annual sales. The IRA owns and produces Chicago Gourmet – the annual food and wine festival held in Millennium Park that unites hundreds of restaurants, chefs and beverage experts and more than 14,000 attendees for a weekend filled with food and drink tastings, entertainment, cooking demonstrations, book signings, interactive seminars and more. The Association is a proud host of the James Beard Foundation Awards, which will be held in Chicago through 2027 and celebrates excellence in cuisine, culinary writing, and culinary education throughout the country. Prior to his election, he served as the IRA’s Chairman of the Board. Toia is a graduate of DePaul University and a specialist in community and government relations. He has served in leadership positions in several civic and public agencies. Previously, he was a Board Member for McPier (McCormick Place Navy Pier) from 2003 to 2010. In 2011, Mayor Emanuel named Toia to the Zoning Board of Appeals. In 2017, Sam was appointed a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for Choose Chicago. As President & CEO of the IRA, Toia is responsible for managing day-to-day operations of the association, increasing its membership base, developing strategies to enhance its profitability and maintaining positive relations with public officials and state and local agencies. He is passionate about local, state, and federal issues affecting the hospitality industry.

12 Aug 2020

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Talking Paycheck Protection Program with Sam Toia, CEO, Illinois Restaurant Association

Running Restaurants

RunningRestaurants.com founder Jaime Oikle is joined by Sam Toia, CEO of the Illinois Restaurant Association for an update on COVID-19 and the PPP. For more on the IRA go to https://www.illinoisrestaurants.org And stay tuned to http://www.runningrestaurants.com for more updates.


22 Apr 2020

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Sam Toia & Michael Jacobson | Illinois Restaurant Association and Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association

The Fran Spielman Show

Sun-Times City Hall Reporter Fran Spielman is joined by the President and CEO of the Illinois Restaurant Association Sam Toia and the President and CEO of the Illinois Home and Lodging Association Michael Jacobson.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.


3 Apr 2020