Illinois Retail Merchants Association News

Legislation that would have allowed third party vendors access to business financial records defeated in House

By Ann Maher | Apr 26, 2018

SPRINGFIELD - Legislation that would have allowed the state to disclose private business financial information to third party auditors was defeated in the State House on Wednesday.

City officials accused of sharing private business tax information with outside auditors

By Cole Lauterbach, Illinois News Network | Apr 25, 2018

The Illinois Retail Merchants Association said Monday that it had obtained emails showing that municipal officials illegally shared local businesses tax information with an outside company that makes money auditing businesses on behalf of local governments.

IRMA responds to Rauner's budget address

By The Madison County Record | Feb 14, 2018

The Illinois Retail Merchants Association is concerned about the continued cuts and devaluing of Medicaid providers as well as its impact on the populations they serve. Pharmacies serve on the front lines when it comes to treating Medicaid patients, especially in areas with few medical options.

Rauner vetoes geolocation bill; Business groups cheer

By Ann Maher | Sep 25, 2017

SPRINGFIELD - Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed an internet privacy bill saying it would harm businesses and inhibit innovation without improving protections for consumers.

Class action: Walgreens wrongly charged Cook 'pop tax'; Retailers had warned such suits were coming

By Jonathan Bilyk | Aug 8, 2017

CHICAGO - Walgreens has become the first retailer hit with a class action lawsuit for allegedly wrongly making customers pay Cook County’s so-called “pop tax” on drink purchases that should have been exempt.

Preckwinkle suing soda tax opponents, judge fears 'chilling effect'

By John Kristof, Illinois Policy Institute | Aug 8, 2017

Cook County’s lawsuit seeks damages from the Illinois Retail Merchants Association.

Judge dismisses 201 lawsuits in latest chapter of businesses' battle against Illinois False Claims Act

By Taryn Phaneuf | Jun 21, 2016

CHICAGO — Abuse of an Illinois whistleblower law will continue to sour businesses toward the state if lawmakers don’t take steps toward reform, attorneys and business advocates say.

Illinois Retail Merchants Association applauds Rauner's assessment

By The Madison County Record | Feb 17, 2016

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

House hears first details of Emanuel plan; Chicago mayor’s tax proposal does have some foes

By Mark Fitton | Sep 24, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Thursday marked another day of activity but little visible movement in the state Capitol. The House Revenue and Finance committee began hearing testimony on a call from the city of Chicago for an increase in the general homestead property tax exemption, or amount the state subtracts from homeowner’s assessed valuation as a form of tax break.

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