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  • 121 Report – CRMA – November 2016

    This week, the Cook County Board passed its 2017 budget by accounting for $100 million of its deficit with a combination of cuts to county employees, holding the line on COLA increases for non-union employees, reductions in non-essential spending and increased revenue projections.

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    Let’s Say Thank You

    Elected officials often ask us what they can do to attract and retain businesses. And while TIF resources and tax incentives are always appreciated, voting NO against proposals that harm the viability of existing businesses is one of the best ways to show employers that Cook County is a place where they are welcome.

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    This Week in Springfield – 99-41

    Conventional wisdom holds that presidential election years are generally very good for Democratic candidates as voter turnout is higher than in non-presidential election years. Illinois has witnessed elections where Republicans did well around the nation but not here. This year, voter turnout was indeed high but the conventional wisdom only held for statewide offices and one congressional district.

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    121 Report – CRMA – October 2016

    MAYOR EMANUEL GIVES BUDGET ADDRESS FOCUSED ON  BRIDGING DIVIDES AND UNITING THE CITY Considering the very local and national conversation this country is having regarding quality…

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    Darvin Furniture as Retailer of the Year

    The Illinois Retailers Merchants Association is proud to announce that Darvin Furniture is the 2016 Illinois Retailer of the Year. Darvin, a third-generation family-owned furniture store in Orland Park, was selected for the award due to their success in the industry, their innovation meeting consumer desires and their dedication to the community and employees that they serve.

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    Tanya Triche, IRMA’s General Counsel speaks at the Chicago’s Proposal to Mandate Minimum Prices on Tobacco Products Press Conference

    CHICAGO—Dozens of neighborhood small business owners are opposing the City of Chicago’s unprecedented overreach into the free market in Illinois by proposing to mandate the minimum price of tobacco products, paired with an effort to raise another $6 million through additional taxes on cigars and smokeless tobacco as well as increase the age to purchase from 18 to 21. Under the mandate, all brands of cigarettes would be priced at a minimum of $11.50, plus making them ineligible for coupons or promotional specials.

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    Treasurer’s I-Cash Program Partners with IRMA

    Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs today announced a partnership between the state’s I-Cash program and the Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA) to facilitate the return of recovered cash and assets to retailers.

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    IRMA: Your New “Chip and Sign” Credit Cards Are Not Secure Enough

    Many Illinoisans have already received new replacement credit and debit cards in the mail—each with a computer chip to go along with the new credit card rules imposed by financial institutions that will be implemented on October 1, 2015. Banks and credit card issuers say these chips offer enhanced protection for consumers against fraud.

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    121 Report – CRMA – April 2015

    Yesterday, Chicagoans experienced their first-ever runoff election. Unable to acquire the 50% plus 1 votes needed in order to avoid a runoff on February 24th, Mayor Emanuel had an additional 6 weeks to convince voters that he was the right person for the job.

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    Retail Register No. 359, March 2015

    CRMA poll on Chicago’s mayoral race shows Emanuel with decent lead Undecided voters seem to be swaying towards reelecting incumbent Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel over his…

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    Retailers Disappointed as Lawmakers Pass Job-Killing Minimum Wage Hike

    Despite Illinois having a significantly higher minimum wage than all of its neighboring states, SB 11, introduced by Senator Kimberly Lightford (D-Westchester), passed the Illinois Senate with a vote of 35-18, with one member voting present. The legislation will increase Illinois’ minimum wage to $11.00 per hour. With a minimum wage $1.00 higher than the federal minimum wage and $0.60-$1.00 higher than all neighboring states, Illinois businesses will be forced to reconsider staying in the state.

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    Illinois Tax Rate Changes

    As is usually the case, the first of the year brings changes in tax rates. In the case of January 1, 2015, there are a few…

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    Electric Vehicle Charging Station Information

    If you are considering the installation of electric vehicle charging stations, please read on. The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity is now submitting rebate…

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    Retailers applaud legislature for upholding sales tax fairness

    SPRINGFIELD, MAY 30, 2014 – Retailers across Illinois today saluted the Illinois General Assembly after a bill was successfully passed which will help restore long overdue…

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    Pro-business tax changes vying for Springfield’s to-do list

    Crain’s Chicago Business May 20, 2014 by Paul Merrion After months of discussion, a small package of business-friendly tax reforms is making its way to the…

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    Thanks to our partners for their support of Business Day 2014

    From co-hosting and sponsorships to helping to caterer a legislative reception, IRMA is grateful to the many companies which supported Business Day 2014 in Springfield on…

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    Sales Tax Sourcing Testimony – March 21, 2014

    IRMA SOURCING TESTIMONY Public Hearing, March 21, 2014 Illinois Department of Revenue Springfield, IL The Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA) appreciates the opportunity to offer its…

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    What you need to know about the minimum wage

    SB 68, introduced by Senator Kimberly Lightford (D-Westchester), seeks to increase Illinois’ minimum wage to $10.65 per hour. Illinois already has the highest minimum wage in…

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    State Police to announce distribution of first conceal carry permits

    IRMA has been informed that on Feb. 28 the Illinois State Police will announce the distribution of the first conceal carry permits in Illinois. Illinois retailers…

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    Illinois employers speak with one voice against a minimum wage increase

    The Illinois employers as represented by the organizations below, and their members in Illinois, have not wavered and are speaking with one voice: Illinois employers cannot…

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    Emanuel’s new budget: Balance now, but no fix for pension cliff

    Crain’s Chicago Business, October 23, 2013 by Greg Hinz Mayor Rahm Emanuel today unveiled a proposed 2014 city budget that, despite dinging motorists, is likely to…

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    Illinois releases Conceal Carry compliance rules and timelines

    On Oct. 11, the Illinois State Police (ISP) released their long-awaited administrative rules providing the regulatory details implementing Illinois’ conceal carry law passed last spring. These…

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    Oppose: Minimum Wage Increase – SB 68

    Chicago Tribune, May 24, 2013 Submitted by the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce (Community Contributor)   There is another proposal that we are urging leaders to…

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    Bill allows tougher penalties in social media based mob attacks

    Chicago Tribune, May 18, 2013 By Naomi Nix   Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law Saturday legislation that calls for stiffer penalties on people who text…

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    Letter: Don’t hike the minimum wage

    My Suburban Life Newspapers (serving Chicago’s western suburbs), Letter to the Editor, May 17, 2013 by David F. Vite, IRMA President & CEO and Kim Maisch,…

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    Sales Tax Fairness: Online merchants should collect what is owed

    Chicago Tribune, Editorial May 10, 2013 A bill that would enable states to collect sales taxes due for online purchases sailed through the U.S. Senate on…

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    How Illinois firms dodged a sales tax bullet

    Crain’s Chicago Business, May 14, 2013 By Paul Merrion State tax officials plan to withdraw a little-noticed proposal to impose Illinois sales tax on delivery charges…

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    Kankakee columnist looks at Illinois minimum wage proposal

    by Lee Provost The Daily Journal, May 3, 2013 Illinois has the nation’s fourth-highest hourly minimum wage rate at $8.25. Illinois Senate Bill 68 aims to…

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    18 states considering bans on credit card surcharges

    American Banker, March 28, 2013 by Kevin Wack   Eighteen states are now considering legislation that would bar retailers from imposing surcharges when consumers use their…

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    State updates annual filing requirements for businesses in Enterprise Zones

    If your business is receiving tax incentives due to being located in an Enterprise Zone, please note that the Illinois Department of Revenue has granted an…

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    Online sales continue to grow, but hope remains for brick and mortar sites

    Southern Business Journal, February 17, 2013 by Nick Mariano Despite growth in e-commerce sales, local business experts are cautiously optimistic about the future of brick and…

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    Quinn calls for higher minimum wage

    CBS TV-Chicago, Feb. 6, 2013 Illinois Retail Merchants Association president and CEO David Vite criticized the governor’s call for a higher minimum wage. “If minimum wage…

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    Credit card surcharge not the solution

    Medill Reports – Chicago, Feb. 6, 2013 by Megan Hickey As of January 27, Illinois merchants are allowed to pass on their credit card transaction fees…

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    Lawmaker’s proposed 25-cent sneaker tax would fund jobs program

    Decatur Herald-Review, Jan. 30, 2013 by Kurt Erickson, Springfield Bureau Chief SPRINGFIELD — The cost of a new pair of basketball shoes could jump by 25…

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    Illinois retailers push for online sales tax

    The State Journal-Register, Nov. 26, 2012 By Doug Finke Cyber Monday is increasingly popular with shoppers, but the organization representing brick-and-mortar retailers in Illinois says changes…

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    Black Friday keeps starting earlier each year

    The Southern Illinois, Nov. 18, 2012 By Stephen Rickerl Whether it’s increased competition for consumer dollars or a response to market demand, many retailers are kicking…

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    Illinois Retailers prepare for a busy Black Friday shopping weekend

    As shoppers hurry into the holiday shopping season with dreams of bargains dancing in their heads, retailers across Illinois prepare for a very busy Black Friday…

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    IRMA to honor DeKalb pharmacists as Illinois Retailers of the Year

    CHICAGO, Sept. 13, 2012 – The Illinois Retail Merchants Association will honor Tim and Ann Lehan, owners and pharmacists of Lehan Drugs, DeKalb, as its 2012…

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    Governor’s veto may not kill plastics bill

    WBEZ Radio, Aug. 28, 2012 Even after Illinois Governor Pat Quinn vetoed a bill that deeply displeased Illinois environmental groups, the fight over how to keep…

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    New Illinois law expands vaccine access to children

    Rockford Register Star, August 21, 2012 ROCKFORD — A new state law allows community pharmacists to administer flu and Tdap vaccinations to young children, expanding access…

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    Plastic bag recycling bill more than an environmental issue

    WAND – Ch. 17, Springfield June 20, 2012 IRMA Senior Vice-President Rob Karr comments on the state’s plastic bag recycling bill, which needs to be signed…

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    Vaccines for children

    The Daily Herald Letter to the Editor, submitted by IRMA President & CEO David F. Vite, June 18, 2012   I wish to congratulate the state…

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    Online Sales Tax Ruling: Business Owners React

    April 26, 2012 WICS-TV Springfield, by Shantel Middleton Local business owners and the Illinois Retail Merchants Association both think a Cook County judge’s ruling on sales…

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    59th Annual Meeting – Retailer of the Year

     Illinois Retail Merchants Association honors Darvin Furniture as Retailer of the Year CHICAGO—The Illinois Retailers Merchants Association is proud to announce that Darvin Furniture is the…

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  • 59th Annual Meeting – Retailer of the Year

    Published on October 24, 2016

     Illinois Retail Merchants Association honors Darvin Furniture as Retailer of the Year CHICAGO—The Illinois Retailers Merchants Association is proud to announce that Darvin Furniture is the…

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    Darvin Furniture as Retailer of the Year

    Published on September 12, 2016

    The Illinois Retailers Merchants Association is proud to announce that Darvin Furniture is the 2016 Illinois Retailer of the Year. Darvin, a third-generation family-owned furniture store in Orland Park, was selected for the award due to their success in the industry, their innovation meeting consumer desires and their dedication to the community and employees that they serve.

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    Illinois Upgrades Driver’s License & ID Cards

    Published on May 20, 2016

    MEMBER NEWS UPDATE   ESPECIALLY pertinent TO RETAILERS WHO REQUEST OR REQUIRE PROOF OF IDENTIFICATION FOR ENTRY OR PURCHASE     Illinois Upgrades Driver’s License and ID Card which…

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    Illinois Retailers Oppose Funded Paid Sick Leave

    Published on April 4, 2016

    “Businesses are at a tipping point and these proposals will only exacerbate the problems facing employees looking for more hours and higher wages. We cannot provide the jobs, pay the wages and invest in local communities while City Hall layers on one cost after another and chases sales out of the City. These policies will not result in more jobs being created or higher wages – just the opposite. City Hall needs to remember that the overwhelming majority of Chicago’s business owners are working families too,” said Rob Karr, president/CEO, Illinois Retail Merchants Association.

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    Tanya Triche, IRMA’s General Counsel speaks at the Chicago’s Proposal to Mandate Minimum Prices on Tobacco Products Press Conference

    Published on February 23, 2016

    CHICAGO—Dozens of neighborhood small business owners are opposing the City of Chicago’s unprecedented overreach into the free market in Illinois by proposing to mandate the minimum price of tobacco products, paired with an effort to raise another $6 million through additional taxes on cigars and smokeless tobacco as well as increase the age to purchase from 18 to 21. Under the mandate, all brands of cigarettes would be priced at a minimum of $11.50, plus making them ineligible for coupons or promotional specials.

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  • Darvin Furniture as Retailer of the Year

    Published on September 12, 2016

    The Illinois Retailers Merchants Association is proud to announce that Darvin Furniture is the 2016 Illinois Retailer of the Year. Darvin, a third-generation family-owned furniture store in Orland Park, was selected for the award due to their success in the industry, their innovation meeting consumer desires and their dedication to the community and employees that they serve.

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    Illinois Retailers Oppose Funded Paid Sick Leave

    Published on April 4, 2016

    “Businesses are at a tipping point and these proposals will only exacerbate the problems facing employees looking for more hours and higher wages. We cannot provide the jobs, pay the wages and invest in local communities while City Hall layers on one cost after another and chases sales out of the City. These policies will not result in more jobs being created or higher wages – just the opposite. City Hall needs to remember that the overwhelming majority of Chicago’s business owners are working families too,” said Rob Karr, president/CEO, Illinois Retail Merchants Association.

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    Tanya Triche, IRMA’s General Counsel speaks at the Chicago’s Proposal to Mandate Minimum Prices on Tobacco Products Press Conference

    Published on February 23, 2016

    CHICAGO—Dozens of neighborhood small business owners are opposing the City of Chicago’s unprecedented overreach into the free market in Illinois by proposing to mandate the minimum price of tobacco products, paired with an effort to raise another $6 million through additional taxes on cigars and smokeless tobacco as well as increase the age to purchase from 18 to 21. Under the mandate, all brands of cigarettes would be priced at a minimum of $11.50, plus making them ineligible for coupons or promotional specials.

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    IRMA: Your New “Chip and Sign” Credit Cards Are Not Secure Enough

    Published on September 24, 2015

    Many Illinoisans have already received new replacement credit and debit cards in the mail—each with a computer chip to go along with the new credit card rules imposed by financial institutions that will be implemented on October 1, 2015. Banks and credit card issuers say these chips offer enhanced protection for consumers against fraud.

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    A Path to Reforming Our Broken Sales Tax System

    Published on June 2, 2015

    The ingenuity of the American entrepreneur has created an accommodating and diverse consumer marketplace over the past two decades. Through the rise of the Internet and emerging payment-processing innovations, countless businesses have been able to supplement their brick-and-mortar storefronts with an online sales presence.

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  • This Week in Springfield – 99-41

    Published on November 9, 2016

    Conventional wisdom holds that presidential election years are generally very good for Democratic candidates as voter turnout is higher than in non-presidential election years. Illinois has witnessed elections where Republicans did well around the nation but not here. This year, voter turnout was indeed high but the conventional wisdom only held for statewide offices and one congressional district.

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    This Week in Springfield – 99-39

    Published on June 30, 2016

    Illinois Passes Stop Gap Budget For a little more than a year Illinois has been without a budget and has operated under a series of consent…

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    This Week in Springfield – 99-38

    Published on June 1, 2016

    This week in Springfield the General Assembly reached the scheduled end of the spring session without a budget for the second straight year. As the budget impasse lingers, the House lawmakers are scheduled to meet every Wednesday in a continuous session over the summer to attempt to reach a consensus. The Senate has announced they are available but have not yet scheduled session days. Below is a recount of the action.

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    This Week in Springfield – 99-37

    Published on May 27, 2016

    As TWIS goes to press, the House has adjourned until Sunday afternoon and the Senate is expected to follow suit shortly. There is still no agreement on a state budget. The oft-mentioned bipartisan working groups (i.e. workers’ compensation, property tax, collective bargaining, pensions, and local government consolidation) continue to meet in an attempt to hammer out agreement on the reforms Governor Bruce Rauner has stated he must have in order to be willing to sign off on the tax increases that will have to happen in order for Illinois to emerge from its most current fiscal hole. IRMA is participating in the workers’ compensation working group

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    This Week in Springfield – 99-36

    Published on May 20, 2016

    This Week in Springfield, lawmakers rejected allowing municipalities to share sensitive financial information of employers with third parties; Exelon provided testimony to the Senate Public Utilities Committee regarding their proposed energy bill; lawmakers advanced legislation raising the age of purchasing tobacco from age 18 to 21; and Illinois began issuing secure driver’s license pursuant to the 2005 Real ID Act.

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  • Retail Register No. 362 , March 2016

    Published on March 15, 2016

    Beginning with the June issue, the Retail Register will only be distributed digitally. We hope you will find this method of distribution to be more convenient and valuable. IRMA will continue to publish the retail register four times throughout the year.

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    Congratulations Aldi, Inc.

    Published on October 15, 2015

    We are constantly evolving. As a retailer, it is important to stay current.  We can’t be stale. ALDI has been operating in the United States for…

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    Retail Register No. 361, September 2015

    Published on September 21, 2015

      IRMA’s VP and General Counsel Tanya Triche tapped for 2015 Edgar Fellows Program IRMA is proud to announce that our very own Tanya Triche, IRMA’s…

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    Retail Register No. 360, June 2015

    Published on June 24, 2015

    IRMA’s Top Legislative Accomplishments in 2015 IRMA was at the forefront of a number of issues before the Illinois General Assembly this spring fighting to protect…

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    Retail Register No. 359, March 2015

    Published on March 23, 2015

    CRMA poll on Chicago’s mayoral race shows Emanuel with decent lead Undecided voters seem to be swaying towards reelecting incumbent Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel over his…

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  • The Chicago Retail Association, a committee of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, is dedicated to protecting the retail industry in the City of Chicago . Today, more than ever before, it is necessary for the retail industry to have a firm, solid footing in the activities of local government. Follow the 121 Report for the latest retail-related news in Chicago. The CRMA serves as your voice in City government.


    Contact the CRMA

    Tanya Triche
    Vice-President/General Counsel,
    IL Retail Merchants Association
    Phone: 312/726-4600
    Fax: 312/726-9570
    Email: ttriche@irma.org
    Rob Karr
    President & CEO,
    IL Retail Merchants Association
    Phone: 312/726-4600
    Fax: 312/726-9570
    Email: rkarr@irma.org


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