A bill in the Illinois General Assembly would directly impact the ability of Springfield and other cities around the state to govern through home rule when it comes to recycling plastic bags.
The Springfield City Council passed an ordinance on emergency passage Tuesday that stands opposed to a bill in the Illinois General Assembly. The state bill would keep cities from banning plastic bag use and force manufactures to pay a fee and set up recycling centers for plastic bags across the state. The city of Chicago is exempt from the home rule exemption.
Mayor Mike Houston supports recycling, but he says as the bill stands now, it would limit the city’s effectiveness in tweaking certain laws under home rule.
Houston says the city will reach out to the central Illinois delegation and that the Illinois Municipal League is against the proposed legislation. The State Senate passed the bill in late March 36 to 15. State Senator Sam McCann voted no with Larry Bomke being marked as a no-vote.