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4 November 16, 2017

Chicago Street Journal

In Honor of Lu Palmer

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not have the environmental impact

public officials’ hope for.

“I have no doubt that they’re put

forward with good intentions, but,

you know, the numbers

show that they’re

largely ineffective on

the environmental

aspect of their justification,”

Glass said,

citing a Washington

Post review of the

Washington, D.C.’s 5

-cent tax heralded as

a way to clean up the

Anacostia River. The

review found that

more of the money

put in the Anacostia

River Clean Up and

Protection Fund was used for

school field trips and worker salaries

than for cleanup projects on the


Glass said. Another

unexpected downside

could be the reusable

bags encouraged as

substitutes, which

public health experts

have said could pose a

risk because of the

germs they carry.

A study in the journal

Food Protection

Trends found that food

-borne illnesses could

skyrocket with the

increased adoption of

reusable bags.

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The study found that 99 percent

of reusable bags tested contained

bacteria; the figure was 0 percent in

new bags, or single-use plastic

bags. These bacteria were frequently

dangerous, with E. Coli

being shockingly common in reusable

bags. The average Chicago

resident uses 500 plastic bags a

year, totaling 1.3 billion for the

whole city, according to environmental


Consumers can avoid paying the

7-cent bag tax on plastic and paper

bags at the grocery store by bringing

their own reusable bags, but

reports are reusable bags tend to be

unsanitary, which causes major

problems when they’re being used

to tote fresh produce and other groceries.

Dunn stated the city is

either taxing or prohibiting

bags and

none of it’s going to

see the upside they’re

really searching for.”

Helen Thomas a civic

activist based in

Englewood say, the

City’s war on plastic

bags is just under the

guise of environmentalism


the Soda Tax

was marketed to

the public.”

Chicago’s elected officials

are taking your money under

false pretenses,

failing to solve

the problem they

claim they’re

a d d r e s s i n g ,

and possibly

making you

sick in the

process. She

added this is

m e r e l y a

stealth tax hike that

disproportionately hits

families that go grocery

shopping more


The tax required large retailers to

replace thin plastic bags with

thicker ones that are designed to be

reused. But consumers weren’t

reusing the bags, which are more

expensive to make. At the same

time, retailers receive 2 cents every

time the tax is levied and the rest

goes to the city.

Some, like the Better Government

Association, have publicly

criticized the few cents the city of

Chicago settled on because it’s

unlikely to actually deter shoppers

from using plastic bags, making the

tax just another revenue stream for

the city. The city expects to bring in

$12.9 million from the tax next


Glass said he thinks the mayor’s

intentions are genuine, but he said

the few cents per bag will add up

for low-income shoppers, who may

be disproportionately affected by

the charge. He said he believes

neither a ban nor a tax has enough

of an upside to be worthwhile.

It’s a surprisingly complicated

issue, but the downsides, I think,

across the board, really outweigh

the upsides,” Glass said. “This is an

evolution of what Chicago has been

trying to do.


although Chic

a g o ’ s


tax is a small

fee, it was

designed to be

more salient

than the ban.

While customers


not notice that

their grocery

store has

switched to

p r o v i d i n g

thicker plastic

bags as a result

of the ban, research suggests

that customers are likely to notice

when an item that they previously

received for free now comes at a

price, thus bringing their b a g

use to the top of their


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Registration & Reception,

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Presentations & Awards.

Nov 17 at 6:30 PM to Nov

19 No Blue Memories: The

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Friday, November 24 Buy

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Hosted by The Black Mall

Holy Angels Catholic School

750 E 40th St, Chicago , 9

AM - 8 PM

Saturday, November 25 ,

the House of Tradition, as

we give honor to the Father

of the white cloth, Obatala,

who seeks to unite our community

through prayer, music,

dance, laughter and

love. Betty Shabazz International

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S Ellis Ave, Chicago For

participants that wish to present

offerings to Obatala’s

shrine we ask that you bring

two coconuts and two candles

and/or a monetary donation.

Food and good vibes

will be provided. Hosted by

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Saturday, November 25

BYOB Motown Soulful

Holiday Light Trolley (Kick

Off Event) Old Town Pizza

Pub, 1339 N Wells Pick-up

and Drop-off location, Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo-

Lights, Christkindlmarket,

The Magnificent Mile, State

Street & Macy's Holiday

Windows, Free wine and

beer on the tour but only if

you are 21 and older but feel

free to BYOB if you like. Join

along and Sing your favorite

karaoke motown songs.

Come Along And Ride On A

BYOB Soulful Motown Holiday

lights Trolley ride. Holiday

attractions, lot of laughing

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