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What’s next?

By Kirk Allen & John Kraft

On February 18, 2020

Springfield (ECWd) –

For those who have not kept up with the new legislation being introduced, you can review just a sampling of them by clicking on them below.

However, the most recent straw ban legislation is worthy of a brief analysis.

The straw ban wants to ban straws made from plastic and even corn.

Why would an Illinois legislator, in a state rich with agriculture, specifically corn, want to ban a product made from one of the state’s top export products?

The straws to be banned currently come wrapped in paper.  Any clue what the proposed plant-based (other than corn), straws are wrapped in?


So yes, here in Illinois, a legislator wants to ban straws made from one of our top agricultural products that come wrapped in paper and replace them with plant-based straws that will be wrapped in plastic.  For those that think those plant-based straws will be wrapped in paper like the current plastic, think again.  They will be wrapped in plastic to keep moisture out.  I saw this first hand during a recent trip to California. Their straw ban seemed to be the joke of the state in every restaurant we visited, which by the way, many provided plastic straws even though they were banned.

Had all these goofy ideas for new laws been introduced last year, I would say we might need some drug testing of our legislators, but this is a new year and recreational marijuana is now legal.  I can only wonder if there is a connection.

Below is the list of just a small sample of what the citizens of Illinois are dealing with during this legislative session.

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  • Dave
    Posted at 09:46h, 18 February

    You will later be taxed 10¢ for a plastic straw

  • jannie
    Posted at 09:52h, 18 February

    Sounds like it’s a “feel good” legislation. And, the straw stuff makes no sense; why put plastic packaging. Sometimes things just don’t make sense.

  • Sandra Gray
    Posted at 11:07h, 18 February

    What are these people smoking? Really, do they stay up all night smoking or doing dope and then come up with these stupid ideas?

  • Jbw
    Posted at 12:40h, 18 February

    A race to be the worst state, California is ahead but Illinois is moving up fast. We just need the homeless in Chicago to crap on the street more often