"Chicago Aldermen Vote To Ban Plastic Bags"

"The Chicago City Council today voted 36-10 to ban plastic bags in most stores next year, a change that backers say will improve the city's environment but opponents contend will harm the local economy.

The  ban, proposed by Ald. Proco “Joe” Moreno, 1st, was a long time in coming. Moreno’s proposal had been debated for many months, and a similar measure was first proposed seven years ago.

Moreno called the bags “relics of the past,” saying other options like reusable bags were available.  “It’s for a new Chicago, a better Chicago,” Moreno said."

Hal Dardick reports for the Chicago Tribune's Clout Street April 30, 2014.

Source: Chicago Tribune, 05/01/2014