Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL-2) visited the Aaron’s in South Chicago Heights, on Friday, April 1, 2016. She was hosted by IRDA President, Casey Pristou, and Aaron’s Regional Manager, Jason Campbell. Store Manager, Mark Thomas, gave Congresswoman Kelly a tour of the store and discussed with her how the flexibility and versatility of the rent-to-own transaction meets the needs of his customers. She was able to see first-hand how the RTO business works and learn about the economic impact the RTO industry has on his district and the entire state. Illinois is home to more than 220 rent-to-own stores, serves more than 120,000 customers each month and employs more than 1,300 statewide. “The second congressional district has one of the largest concentrations of rent-to-own stores in Illinois and we are very fortunate to have Robin Kelly visit the Aaron’s in South Chicago Heights. She spent quality time getting to know the employees and many customers. She showed genuine interest in the good work being done on behalf of her constituents,” stated Casey Pristou. About IRDA The Illinois Rental Dealers Association (IRDA) works closely with the Association of Progressive Rental Organizations (APRO) to provide membership and the general public with the latest information regarding legislative initiatives concerning the rent-to-own industry. The IRDA works to ensure a vital future for its industry through networking, education, political outreach and legislative vigilance. Click here to join the effort and APRO will contact you outlining which members of Congress represent your stores, meeting ‘how-to’ details and to assist you with the meeting process to make it as easy as possible. For more information, please contact APRO Deputy Executive Director, Richard May at 512/225-1051.