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Two Cent Lunches Handed Out At The Statehouse

IRMA handed out the lunches as a way to draw attention to retailers making - on average - only two cents per dollar on every transaction. (WICS)

If you thought there was no such thing as a free lunch, you may want to think again.

The Illinois Retail Merchants Association or IRMA hosted a two cent lunch in the statehouse on Thursday.

IRMA says the lunch bags were handed out as a way to draw attention to retailers making - on average - only two cents per dollar on every transaction.

Supporters of the event say protecting small local restaurants betters the economy as a whole.

"We have to make sure that these small business are remaining profitable. Otherwise they are go online or leave the boarder but that doesn't help the community and we want to make sure that we are always a migrant part of the community. Says Tanya Triche of IRMA.

IRMA is also urging law makers to consider these numbers when it comes to passing new laws regarding taxation and regulation.

The narrow profit margins are not just true for restaurants. IRMA members also said gas stations grocery stores and hardware stores struggle as well.

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