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President and Chief Executive Off...

Local Address: Springfield, Illinois, United States
Illinois Retail Merchants Association
19 South Lasalle Street Suite 300
Chicago, Illinois 60603
United States

Company Description: The Illinois Retail Merchants Association is one of the largest state retail organizations in the United States. IRMA is your statewide professional organization....   more

Employment History


  • bachelor's degree , Political Science
    Illinois State University
  • S.B. 1 , education reform
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Rob Karr is president of the ..., 1 Mar 2014 [cached]
Rob Karr is president of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association.
Illinois Retail Merchants Association, 22 Dec 2011 [cached]
Rob Karr Vice President Government & Member Relations
WJBC radio in central Illinois spoke at length with IRMA Senior Vice-President Rob Karr in September. Karr suggested that by not collecting sales and use taxes, online retailers are subjecting their customers unknowingly to a tax liability.
“A lot of Illinois consumers were not aware that they were owing sales tax if the retailer doesn’t collect it,†Karr explained. “It’s ridiculous that these online businesses are exploiting a loophole.â€
He explained the Supreme Court’s 1992 decision that opened the door for the loophole by mandating sales tax collection only by those businesses with a physical presence. E-commerce started after that decision, Karr said, so the meaning has changed and changes in the law need to follow.
Rob Karr Senior Vice President Government & Member Relations
The minimum wage is a floor, ..., 30 Jan 2014 [cached]
The minimum wage is a floor, not a ceiling, said Rob Karr, president and CEO of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association.
* Best In-House Lobbyist: Todd Vandermyde ..., 1 Dec 2013 [cached]
* Best In-House Lobbyist: Todd Vandermyde and Rob Karr (tie)
* And Rob Karr of IRMA...
This guy tracks and lobbies hundreds of bills a session. Every member knows him. He is honest, direct and works harder and longer then just about anyone in the building.
Staff, 6 Sept 2012 [cached]
Rob Karr Illinois Retail Merchants Association Phone Extension: 217-544-1003 Email:
Rob started with the MHA in January of 1994.
Brief Background: Rob began representing the Midwest Hardware Association and its membership in Illinois on January 3, 1994. Prior to that, he was active in politics throughout the state of Illinois.
Rob is married with three children and a graduate of Illinois State University.
Hobbies and Interests: Rob enjoys church, family, and sports.
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