Chicago Shelves Potential Flavored Tobacco Ban

Convenience stores and gas stations argued against the proposal By NACS Online // July 08, 2020 CHICAGO—A proposal to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products in Chicago has stalled in a City Council committee, the Chicago Sun Times reports. Alderman Matt O’Shea, a close ally of Mayor Lori Lightfoot, presented the measure, which drew opposition from…

Equal Pay Act Now in Effect in Illinois

Offending employers can be fined for violations By NACS Online // October 01, 2019 SPRINGFIELD, Ill.—Amendments to Illinois’ Equal Pay Act went into effect on Sunday, Sept. 29, leaving employers little time to adjust their hiring practices, reports the National Law Review. Under the amended EPA, employers and employment agencies may not: Screen applicants based on their current…

Illinois Raises Minimum Wage to $15

The state will gradually increase the minimum wage starting in 2020 until it hits $15 by 2025 By NACS Online // February 22, 2019 CHICAGO – This week Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker signed into law a higher state minimum wage, CBSreports. Starting in 2020, the minimum wage will increase every year until it hits $15…

Chicago Files Suit Against Online E-Cig Companies

Lawsuits says that the companies are selling product to underage Chicagoans By NACS Online // November 14, 2018   CHICAGO – The Windy City filed suit against eight online sellers of electronic cigarettes yesterday, fulfilling a campaign promise made by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Tribunereports. The re-elected mayor said the online retailers are selling…

Cook County Overturns Beverage Tax

Repeal of the penny-per-ounce sweetened beverage tax will take effect on December 1, 2017 By NACS Online   On October 11, the Cook County Board officially repealed the controversial city beverage tax. “The repeal was a foregone conclusion after the board’s Finance Committee voted 15-2 on Tuesday, signaling the pop tax would be scrapped after…

Cook County’s Beverage Tax Violates Snap Rules

USDA Food and Nutrition Service warns Illinois that implementation of Cook County’s beverage tax is in violation of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program regulations   By NACS Online   The Chicago Tribune wrote last week that the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service has warned Cook County that the collection of its new beverage…