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IL. Sen. Bush introduces 10 cent tax for each plastic or paper bag –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On February 17, 2020

Springfield, IL. (ECWd) – 

Not satisfied with increased gas taxes, prohibitions on pumping your own gas, or $500 fines for using a gas leaf blower, or even having to have $1,000,000.00 in liability insurance just to apply for a FOID card, Illinois Senator Melinda Bush introduced Senate Bill 3423 on February 14, 2020.

Chicago is exempted, everyone else would be taxed.

This bill would impose a 10 cent fee on each carryout bag used by a customer at retail establishments.

The Bill’s definition of carryout bag is: “a plastic, paper, or compostable bag that is provided by a retail establishment at the checkout, cash register, point of sale, or other point of departure to a customer for the purpose of transporting goods out of the retail establishment.

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13 Comments
  • Heather
    Posted at 13:16h, 17 February

    IL lawmakers clearly want people to move out of IL

    • Rick
      Posted at 19:13h, 17 February

      It’s coming down to that.

    • Slightly Sightful
      Posted at 07:24h, 18 February

      The people that leave aren’t committed to standing up to mob rule. They wouldn’t be reliable in a battle. I need to be able to depend on my contingent.

  • Dave
    Posted at 13:17h, 17 February

    . I expect Illinois to retain the title of having the heaviest overall tax burden in the nation for the entire year of 2020G

  • jannie
    Posted at 13:23h, 17 February

    Well, for one thing why would Chicago be exempt? Another, I certainly believe in being environmentally concerned – and recycle – in fact pay an extra fee so the city will pick up the recycle at the curb. I believe having to pay extra for plastic bags & paper bags will do nothing, but be a burden. I reuse or recycle the bags I receive at the store. I’m not sure Senator Bush lives in the real world – or, maybe she’s up for re-election and feels this is the way to get re-elected. Although I lean left of center – this senator is way off base!!

  • NiteCat
    Posted at 13:31h, 17 February

    “Chicago is exempted, everyone else would be taxed.” Come on ECW, that’s a misleading statement. You’re better than that. Chicago is expempt because they already charge $.07 per bag, but of course the state has to get more from the rest of us.

    Why the laws include paper and compostable bags is my question. I thought the whole idea is to be more “green”. What’s not green about paper, 90% of which is already made with recycled products, and compostable paper???

    • Kirk Allen
      Posted at 13:35h, 17 February

      We reported what the law says. THIS particular law exempts Chicago. The fact they already have a separate law that taxes them is not the point.

      • NiteCat
        Posted at 15:02h, 17 February

        I understand that is the way the law was written. You always dig deeper into your reporting, that is why the bolded statement stuck out like a sore thumb. However, I would think our taxhappy GA exempted Chicago due to their existing tax. The question that needs to be answered is if Chicago can get by on $.07 for its small percentage of the population, why is it always more expensive for the larger population? #stilladdictedtoECW

      • Paul K.
        Posted at 19:05h, 17 February

        Have ECWd information on the impact (touted and/or actual) of the .07 cent tax on Cook county?

  • Barbara Davis
    Posted at 13:37h, 17 February

    Why, pray tell, is Chicago exempt from this proposed tax?

  • Bob Webb
    Posted at 14:36h, 17 February

    Can we exempt Chicago from the state. How do they get by with exempting a whole city from laws they pass and we don’t want.

  • Marshall
    Posted at 15:17h, 17 February

    It’s lunacy! Are the Dems trying to out tax each other?

  • Paul K.
    Posted at 18:37h, 17 February

    I’m having some trouble with the apportionment schedule as the honorable senator appears to be triple dipping 30% of the fee. But rhe lower house probably likes this bill a lot.

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