DENVER, CO – Food Marketing Institute (FMI) proudly recognized Tanya Triche Dawood, vice president and general counsel for the Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA), as the 2019 Donald H. MacManus Award recipient for her extraordinary achievements in public and regulatory affairs. Dawood received the award at FMI’s State Issues Retreat, an annual event that brings together food retail grocery associations and grocery company professionals from each state to discuss state legislative issues of interest to the food industry.
Most notably, Dawood’s tireless efforts were responsible for repealing the Cook County sweetened beverage tax. Dawood made the case for filing a lawsuit against Cook County just days before the tax was to go into effect. The judge swiftly granted the motion for a temporary restraining order, which delayed collection of the tax. The press covered the news as a major blow to Board President Toni Preckwinkle and her budget that largely relied on revenue from the tax. This action bought Dawood and her coalition partners the time they needed to show the Cook County Board of Commissioners the economic harm this regressive tax was causing consumers, retailers and manufacturers within the county. This victory was a turning point in the fight against turning everyday grocery items into new sources for a “sin” tax.
Dawood also led the effort to change Chicago’s plastic bag “ban” law to the customer-paid “fee” for all bags. She defeated Chicago’s effort to ban polystyrene foam, as well as efforts in other suburbs. Dawood has accumulated many additional wins for the retail industry. She led efforts to prevent Chicago from implementing onerous regulations on hiring practices and defeated an effort by the city to give part time employees full-time status in Chicago’s upcoming employee scheduling law. Dawood wrote and passed Illinois’ first Organized Retail Crime law and drove the effort on behalf of the employer community to retire Chicago’s former “Head” Tax.
FMI President and CEO, Leslie G. Sarasin, said: “Tanya shares similar attributes to Donald MacManus with her steadfast focus on the people and policies that build stronger communities. She remains fiercely effective and committed to accomplishing any task in front of her, all while building relationships that champion the greater goals of the food retail industry.”
In 2008, Dawood joined IRMA a staff attorney and became its vice president and general counsel in 2014. She directs the activities of the Chicago Retail Merchants Association, advocating on behalf of the retail industry in Chicago’s City Hall and in front of the Cook County Board of Commissioners. Dawood also lobbies for the Illinois Food Retailers Association and has been asked to serve on various government-related committees and task forces. In addition, Dawood manages IRMA’s involvement in legal matters on behalf of its membership.
She earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Vanderbilt University Law School and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Michigan and is admitted to practice in Illinois and the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. Dawood is a former Executive Committee Member of the Chicago Bar Association’s Alliance for Women and past President of the Chicago Women in Government Relations.
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Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry, which employs nearly 5 million workers and represents a combined annual sales volume of almost $800 billion. FMI member companies operate nearly 33,000 retail food stores and 12,000 pharmacies. FMI membership includes the entire spectrum of food retail venues; single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains, pharmacies, online and mixed retail stores. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education, health and wellness and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to almost 1,000 food retail and wholesale member companies and serves 85 international retail member companies. In addition, FMI has almost 500 associate member companies that provide products and services to the food retail industry. For more information, visit www.fmi.org and for information regarding the FMI Foundation, visit www.fmifoundation.org.