The core of IRMA is strong advocacy and issue education before state and local government. Joining IRMA is like hiring a full-time advocacy team, but at a fraction of the cost. Our government affairs team works directly with legislators to help them understand how their actions affect Illinois retailers. Whether you are seeking passage of beneficial legislation or blocking legislation that would negatively affect your business, we are here for you. Focused on protecting your bottom line, IRMA maintains a vigilant eye on legislative activity year-round.
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For decades, IRMA has provided its Members energy-related services. IRMA Members have been active participants every step of the way including in the evolution of competitive energy markets in Illinois and across the country. Together, IRMA and its Members have influenced and led product development, pricing and contract transparency, buying strategies, and regulatory changes. Today, IRMA continues to offer and expand Energy Services that respond to the specific needs of Association Members. Regardless of the size or type of retailer, the IRMA energy team works to help identify and facilitate solutions for all.
Retirement services and solutions you deserve – IRMA has joined The Alliance of State Retail Associations 401(k) Plan to provide members a superior retirement plan, cost savings and alleviation of plan administration.
IRMA has partnered with Morneau Shepell to offer IRMA members exclusive discounts to services that allow organizations’ to apply healthy, sustainable business practices to their retail establishments.
IRMA members can take advantage of partnerships with food handler training, tobacco training, and BASSET training providers that not only offer flexibility, but meet recent mandate changes as well.
“After 80 years, Abt remains a family run business as third and fourth generation family members continue to work on the store's floor. For more than 60 of those year, Abt has proudly been an IRMA member. IRMA brings important information directly to us, ensuring that we are always informed and included on the legislative process. In an extremely competitive industry, it is so important to have someone like IRMA there to support not only the sustainability, but the growth of our business.”Michael AbtOwner, Abt Electronics
“It's nice to know that the IRMA staff is so well-connected that they will literally call us from the hallways of the Legislature as they negotiate on behalf of their members. We always know what's going on in Illinois.”Arnold GrothuesJ.C. Penney
“Southtown Health Foods Inc. has been an IRMA member for nearly 20 years. IRMA has continually provided immense support to help us better understand the issues that impact our business. IRMA's efforts bring true value to Southtown Health Foods and all retail merchants in Illinois. I highly encourage all retailers to become a member of this Association.”Emil MahlerSouthtown Health Foods
“I oversee government affairs for multiple states. It is extremely helpful to receive timely, thorough, and pertinent information on active legislation that I easily monitor and circulate with my team. IRMA is consistently up-to-sate and knowledgeable about what's going on in Illinois.”Amanda ConochallaDarden Restaurants