The Madison County Record Feb. 17, 2016, 2:10pm

To the Editor:

The Illinois Retail Merchants Association applauds Governor Rauner's evaluation of the current status of Illinois' fiscal and economic situation and the challenges we all face. No one believes raising taxes alone, or cutting alone, will address the problems confronting Illinois.

However, retailers across Illinois are operating on razor thin margins, and we cannot afford additional regulations or mandates on the city or state level that inhibit our ability to survive, let alone grow. As it always has, IRMA stands ready to work with all parties on crafting an agreement that will stabilize Illinois' fiscal situation and move Illinois forward economically for years to come.

Rob Karr, President and CEO

Illinois Retail Merchants Association

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