Leading Alderman Expresses Doubts On Plastic Bag Ban

CHICAGO (CBS) — A leading Chicago Alderman is expressing doubts that a proposed City ban on plastic shopping bags can win City Council approval at this point, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

The sponsor of the proposed plastic bag ban, Alderman Proco Joe Moreno believes there is enough support in the health and environment committee to put it before the whole City Council.

But Alderman Patrick O’Connor, Mayor Emanuel’s City Council floor leader, worries that the higher costs of paper or biodegradable bags might be passed on to customers in food stores, but he adds he isn’t speaking for the mayor.

“I just think that the people in the council will want to have a more full understanding of what the merits of this are before they would actually vote on it but I don’t know the mayors position and I wouldn’t even attempt to speak on it,” said O’Connor.

O’Connor says he is sure it won’t be on the next City Council meeting agenda.

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