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Gerard lauds Quinn's veto of state ban

Legislation would have taken power away from city to regulate use of bags on its terms

CHAMPAIGN — Mayor Don Gerard on Sunday applauded Gov. Pat Quinn's veto of a bill that would have prevented Champaign from dealing with plastic bags on its own terms. Gerard said local officials can now resume discussions about limiting the use of the bags at stores within its borders.

Gerard to help deliver petitions on state plastic-bag bill

CHAMPAIGN — Mayor Don Gerard will join 12-year-old Abby Goldberg on Tuesday in Chicago as she delivers a petition with more than 150,000 signatures urging Gov. Pat Quinn to veto a plastic-bag waste bill.

Officials will be watching Quinn with interest as a bill that would remove the city's authority to ban plastic bags awaits his signature.

Champaign backs charge for grocery bags

CHAMPAIGN — Residents might want to think twice about double-bagging their groceries in the future after the Champaign City Council on Tuesday supported a per-bag fee to reduce use of the disposable sacks.

Champaign officials look at reining in use of plastic bags

CHAMPAIGN — Officials are beginning to explore ways to bag "urban tumbleweed" by making plastic bags a thing of the past and maybe help the environment at the same time.