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June 17, 2024

Plastic Straw ban: Illinois bill targets its top crop: Corn

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On February 18, 2020

Springfield, IL. (ECWd) –

Illinois Senator Emil Jones, III, introduced a Bill to ban plastic straws and to establish a $25 per day fine to companies who violate this new “Plastic Straw Ban Act.”

Filed on February 4, 2020, Senate Bill 2920 proposes to establish the Plastic Straw Ban Act (“PSBA”) and states that “no bar, restaurant, or any business that sells food to the public may provide to a customer a single-use plastic straw unless requested by the customer.”

The PSBA would mandate the Department of Public Health enforce this ban and provides for a $25 per day fine to businesses who violate it.

This Bill also takes aim at Illinois’ top crop; Corn – by including straws made from corn in the proposed ban:

“Single-use plastic straw” means a single-use, disposable tube made predominantly of plastic derived from either petroleum or a biologically based polymer, such as corn or other plant sources, used to transfer a beverage from a container to the mouth of the person drinking the beverage.     “Single-use plastic straw” does not include a straw made from non-plastic materials, including, but not limited to, paper, pasta, sugar cane, wood, or bamboo.

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  • jannie
    Posted at 08:44h, 18 February Reply

    I like using a straw, didn’t know plastic was made from corn. However, back in the day — weren’t straws of some sort of paper product?

  • Roberta Merreighn
    Posted at 14:32h, 18 February Reply

    Do you think maybe you could do some work like cut taxes, fixes roads something for the people.

  • Paul K.
    Posted at 14:52h, 18 February Reply

    A provision for use upon the customer’s request is better than some other single-use-plastic-straw ban aims.

  • MdStine
    Posted at 16:55h, 18 February Reply

    I’ve been gone from Illinois for nearly 30 years but have a question. Am I to understand based on the elected to Springfield a candidate that proposes spending reduction and cuts is unelectable, only the bat-sh!# tax creator minded need to seek office? Is it a condition for the perpetual retirement?

    • Curtis Chonko
      Posted at 11:21h, 19 February Reply

      Be glad that you no longer live here. Apparently, the majority of voters are incapable of electing sensible people for governance. Some people may complain about the situation, but I get the sense that things will only continue to get worse.

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