Illinois
 
Statewide
March 2019
The Senate Revenue Committee passed bag tax proposal, Senate Bill 1240, unanimously on March 6. It specifically exempts Illinois municipalities with a population greater than 2.5 million. Chicago’s population is 2.7 million. It also exempts municipalities with a bag tax on the books as of Feb. 1, 2018, such as Oak Park. The bill now awaits a full Senate vote.
September 2018
Senator Terry Link filed an amendment to Illinois Senate Bill 1597 that would require all retail establishments to charge a minimum of 5 cents for single-use carryout bags. Single-use carryout bag is defined in the legislation to include both paper and plastic bags. The bill also preempts home rule counties from regulating or imposing fees on auxiliary containers (including carryout bags) in a manner inconsistent with the bill. However, if a county passed an ordinance imposing a fee or tax before February 1, 2018, it may continue to do so. The bill has been assigned to the Senate Committee on Environment and Conservation.
Chicago
April 2017
 
Tax on all paper and plastic bags $0.07 approved.  
February 2017
10/29/2016 This would be amendment to: SO2014-1521- already approved. They want to place a 7 cent fee on both paper and plastic as part of the revenue package for the 2017 city budget. 06/02/2014 Comply by dates for stores greater than 10k square feet is 09/01/2015, comply by dates for stores less than 10k square feet is 09/01/2016. 05/01/2014 Committee on the Health & Environmental voted to advance the city ordinance banning the use of plastic carryout bags mostly aimed at grocery stores. 06/25/2013: New proposal is currently being reviewed - see the included file for more information. Mandated Recycling Program Ordinance requires certain retailers to offer in store plastic bag recycling program.
Evanston
July 2014
Prohibits all establishments in Evanston from providing single-use plastic disposable shopping bags for the purpose of carrying away goods from the point of sale. Requires plastic bags to have a minimum thickness of 2.25 mil. Allows recycled paper and reusable shopping bags. 
Requirements: Recyclable paper bag(s) means a paper bag that meets all of the following requirements: (1) contains no old growth fiber; (2) is one hundred percent (100%) recyclable overall and contains a minimum of forty percent (40%) post-consumer recycled material; (3) is capable of composting, consistent with the timeline and specifications of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) D6400 Standard Specification for Compostable Plastics; (4) is accepted for recycling in curbside programs in the county; (5) has printed on the bag the name of the manufacturer, the location (country) where the bag was manufactured, and the percentage of post-consumer recycled material used; and (6) displays the word "Recyclable" in a highly visible manner on the outside of the bag.
Reusable bag means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and meets all of the following 125 uses which, for purposes of this definition, means the capability of carrying a minimum of 22 pounds requirements: (1) has a minimum lifetime of times over a distance of at least 175 feet; (2) has a minimum volume of 15 liters; (3) is machine washable or is made from a material that can be cleaned or disinfected; (4) does not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts; (5) has printed on the bag, or on a tag that is permanently affixed to the bag, the name of the manufacturer, the country where the bag was manufactured, a statement that the bag does not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts, and the percentage of post-consumer recycled material used, if any; and (6) if made of plastic, is a minimum of at least 2.25 mils thick.
Oak Park
January 2018 
Reusable bag is defined as a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple re-use and is made of cloth, fiber, or other machine washable fabric. (Ord. 17-239, 8-7-2017, eff. 1-1-2018).
Paper and plastic bag fee in Oak Park is $0.10.
Relevant Links
ILLINOIS SENATE COMMITTEE APPROVES STATEWIDE PLASTIC BAG TAX, EXEMPTS CHICAGO - March 7, 2019

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