Retail is a major source for jobs in Illinois and is leading the way for economic recovery across the nation. But retailers know there is a heavy cost of doing business in Illinois. Of every dollar retailers make, the vast majority goes to pay employees, local taxes, state taxes, insurance, utilities and many more seemingly endless expenses. After all the added costs, retailers obtain a profit margin of only two cents of every dollar earned, and even that small profit margin is constantly being targeted by new initiatives such as minimum wage increases, state sales tax and motor fuel taxes, just to name a few. Retailers, already stretched too thin, are hindered by compounding taxes and regulations that impede the industry, and in turn, lessens the support retailers can provide to the state and local communities.