Welcome to the beach--and enjoy the plastic bags floating in the breeze. On the upside, they could be banned in Chicago soon.
  • Mick Dumke
  • Welcome to the beach—and enjoy the plastic bags floating in the breeze. On the upside, they could be banned in Chicago soon.

Chicago would become the largest U.S. city to ban plastic shopping bags from supermarkets if a group of aldermen get their way.

But that’s the catch, because aldermen don’t get their way in Chicago unless the mayor lets them. And it’s not clear if Mayor Rahm Emanuel will allow the bag ban to come up for a vote when a City Council committee considers it next Tuesday.

The chief sponsor of the proposal, First Ward alderman Proco “Joe” Moreno, says the measure has wide support and should easily pass the health and environment committee. “I have not spoken to one alderman on the committee who’s said no.”

Emanuel’s position is less clear. Press aides won’t say whether he backs the ban, which is strongly opposed by the Illinois Retail Merchants Association and other business groups friendly with the mayor.