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  • 121 Report – CRMA – August 2015

    As the state continues to operate without a budget, Illinois residents and business owners are starting to feel the very real effects of the stalemate.

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    IRMA 58th Annual Meeting

    Thursday, October 1, 2015 Empire Room, Palmer House Hilton 17 East Monroe Street Chicago, IL  60603 11:30 a.m. Reception/ Noon Luncheon     Mail reservations with…

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    Illinois This Week in Springfield 99-18

    This Week in Springfield, the Senate passed a bill giving the State the authority to release federal funds and also passed their version of workers’ compensation reform. Additionally, IRMA’s 58th annual meeting is just around the corner!

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    121 Report – CRMA – July 2015

    In a poll conducted across Cook County on Tuesday evening, June 30, an overwhelming 75 percent of respondents say they oppose the 1 percent sales tax increase being proposed by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, which would give Cook County the highest sales tax in the nation. Additionally, more than 45 percent say they will be more likely to shift to online shopping to avoid Cook County sales taxes, plus more than 68 percent say they would become more likely to shop outside Cook County. The poll was conducted by We Ask America and the Chicago Retail Merchants Association, a committee of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association.

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    121 Report – CRMA – June 2015

    The new City Council has been in office for one month and as they settle in to set up their offices, hire staff and meet with constituents, they are also keenly aware that a tough budget season looms overhead. In order to balance the budget and fund the various pension systems, the Aldermen will be asked to take some hard votes. This month, the Council approved a measure by the Mayor to restructure some of its debt by issuing over $1 billion in bonds. The city argued that it was necessary to restructure the debt so that it could move from a variable interest rate, which it cannot control, to a more favorable, fixed interest rate.

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    Retail Register – No. 360, June 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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    Illinois This Week in Springfield 99-17

    With no deal in place on a Fiscal Year 2016 budget, and an escalating war of words between Democrats and Republicans, the General Assembly did not adjourn on May 31st. Both chambers have been meeting and will continue to meet in regular session throughout the summer or until a budget agreement is reached. It is important to note that since the May 31st deadline has been reached, a 3/5ths super-majority is required to pass any legislation that requires an immediate effective date.

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    A Path to Reforming Our Broken Sales Tax System

    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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    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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    Retail Register No. 342

    Changing of the Guard: Vite to retire in December; Karr to lead IRMA in 2014

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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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    IRMA PRESIDENT & CEO DAVID VITE SET TO RETIRE

    CHICAGO – The Illinois Retail Merchants Association announced that President and CEO David F. Vite notified the Board of Directors of his decision to retire on…

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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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    Opinion: No need to rush on county sales tax hike

    Chicago Sun Times Written By Rob Karr and Theresa Mintle Posted: 07/08/2015, 01:34pm Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times Cook County once…

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  • Retailers Disappointed as Lawmakers Pass Job-Killing Minimum Wage Hike

    Published on February 5, 2015

    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

    Published on December 18, 2014

    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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    Chicago grocer named America’s Retail Champion

    Published on August 28, 2014

    When Art Potash flew to Washington, D.C. in July to join members of IRMA and the National Retail Federation in an advocacy campaign putting retailers face-to-face…

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    Thanks to all who supported IRMA’s 57th Annual Meeting

    Published on August 11, 2014

    Thanks to the following companies who supported IRMA’s 57th Annual Luncheon and Meeting on September 17 in the Empire Room of the Palmer House Hilton in…

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    IRMA to honor Kozy’s at 57th Annual Luncheon

    Published on July 31, 2014

    The Illinois Retail Merchants Association will honor Ron and Paul Kozy of Kozy’s Cyclery, Chicago, as its 2014 Illinois Retailers of the Year during IRMA’s 57th…

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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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    State of the State Address- Illinois

    Published on February 5, 2015

    Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA) has issued the following statement regarding Governor Rauner’s State of the State address:

    “Governor Rauner has laid out an ambitious agenda reflective of a desire to see Illinois return to the role of an economic leader. We are concerned about proposals to increase the minimum wage as those mandates fall disproportionately on the retail industry, but attempts to offset those costs are welcomed as they recognize such mandates impose significant costs.

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    Emanuel signs minimum wage executive order

    Published on September 4, 2014

    WMAQ – NBC 5, Chicago by Mary Ann Ahern The minimum wage is a hot-button issue in Illinois this election season, and Chicago’s mayor and Illinois’…

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    Activists, business still at odds on minimum wage

    Published on July 13, 2014

    The Red Eye Chicago, July 8 2014 by Megan Crapeau A city task force’s recent recommendation to raise the minimum wage satisfied neither activists who wanted…

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    Minimum Wage Hike to $13 by 2018 Backed by Rahm

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    DNAinfo Chicago, July 8, 2014 by Ted Cox PILSEN — The mayor and several aldermen voiced support for a proposal to raise Chicago’s minimum wage to…

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  • Illinois This Week in Springfield 99-18

    Published on August 6, 2015

    This Week in Springfield, the Senate passed a bill giving the State the authority to release federal funds and also passed their version of workers’ compensation reform. Additionally, IRMA’s 58th annual meeting is just around the corner!

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    Illinois This Week in Springfield 99-17

    Published on June 19, 2015

    With no deal in place on a Fiscal Year 2016 budget, and an escalating war of words between Democrats and Republicans, the General Assembly did not adjourn on May 31st. Both chambers have been meeting and will continue to meet in regular session throughout the summer or until a budget agreement is reached. It is important to note that since the May 31st deadline has been reached, a 3/5ths super-majority is required to pass any legislation that requires an immediate effective date.

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    Illinois This Week in Springfield – 99-16

    Published on June 10, 2015

    This Week In Springfield, both chambers convened on Tuesday per their plan to meet once-a-week while there is no state budget. The Senate convened a Committee of the Whole to discuss the impact of a property tax freeze and in the Judiciary Committee to discuss workers’ compensation. The House met to debate and vote on property tax freeze legislation and process two concurrence motions in other committees.

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    Illinois This Week in Springfield – 99-15

    Published on May 29, 2015

    This Week In Springfield, both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly adjourned but only temporarily. With no deal in place on a Fiscal Year 2016 budget, and an escalating war of words between Democrats and Republicans, both chambers will meet in regular session throughout the summer or until a budget agreement is reached. As such, the House is scheduled to return June 4th and the Senate June 9th. It is important to note that since the May 31st deadline has been reached, a 3/5ths super-majority is required to pass any legislation.

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    Illinois This Week in Springfield – 99-14

    Published on May 22, 2015

    This Week In Springfield, the House continued bringing components of Governor Bruce Rauner’s Turnaround Agenda to the floor for debate and vote. Additionally, with the scheduled date of adjournment looming, both chambers were busy moving and debating legislation including, data breach, heroine abuse, SNAP, and millionaire’s tax.

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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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    Retail Register No. 358, September 17, 2014

    Published on September 18, 2014

    IRMA’s 2014 Illinois Retailers of the Year: Ron and Paul Kozy, Kozy’s Cyclery, Chicago WATCH THE VIDEO HONORING KOZY’S CYCLERY – Click Here   Bicycles have…

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    Retail Register No. 357, August 2014

    Published on August 29, 2014

    Chicago grocer named America’s Retail Champion   When Art Potash flew to Washington, D.C. in July to join members of IRMA and the National Retail Federation…

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    Retail Register No. 356, July 2014

    Published on July 29, 2014

    Chicago introduces $13 minimum wage ordinance      Chicago may soon become a case study on the impact of dramatically increasing the minimum wage to an level at…

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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.


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    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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