Governor Quinn: Don't Let Big Plastic Bully Me!
  • Petitioned Calls towns that want bag bans "elitist communities", supports bill

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Chemical Industry Council of Illinois-funded Rep Dave Winters
Calls towns that want bag bans "elitist communities", supports bill
Chemical Industry Council of Illinois-funded Senator John Millner
Bill Sponsor also funded by ExxonMobil
Chemical Industry Council of Illinois-funded Rep Mike Tryon
Bill Sponsor
Chemical Industry Council of Illinois-funded Rep Paul Evans
Bill Sponsor
Chemical Industry Council of Illinois-funded Rep Joe Sosnowski
Bill Sponsor
Governor Pat Quinn
Legislative Advisor and Policy Analyst for Environmental Bills
Kerri Witowski
Chemical Industry Council of Illinois-funded Senator Terry Link
Bill Sponsor
Illinois Governor
Illinois State Senate
Illinois State House

Governor Quinn: Don't Let Big Plastic Bully Me!

    1. Abby Goldberg
    2. Petition by

      Abby Goldberg

      Grayslake, IL

August 2012


After more than 170,000 people signed this petition, as well as a petition delivery to Governor Pat Quinn's Chicago office, the governor of Illinois vetoed a piece of legislation that would have prohibited towns in Illinois from enacting bans on single-use plastic bags.

My name is Abby Goldberg, and as a 13-year-old girl who, after seeing the devastation that millions of plastic bags have caused the environment and ocean life, I made my school project this year to be getting a local ban on single-use plastic shopping bags in my home town Grayslake, IL.

My friends and I were making great progress, until the oil and chemical industry pulled a dirty trick to kill my campaign; these lobbyists used the politicians that they bought to pass a bill that would make it illegal for towns across Illinois to create plastic bag bans!  Even worse, they’re trying to make it look like a green environmental bill, by putting in a few ridiculously-low requirements for so-called “recycling” of plastic bags, and are bragging they’re going to make it "a model bill for all states!”

Now it’s in the hands of our Governor to stop them with a veto, but he needs to hear from all of us!

I am heartbroken and so angry, because kids and adults like me are standing up to Big Oil and Big Plastic by creating bans everywhere, including in Los Angeles, Hawaii, Seattle, Toronto, Austin, Mexico City, Mumbai, Italy, Rwanda and more! Why? Because bag bans can be literally 2000% more effective than “bring your own bag” campaigns!

I am not scared – even though I’m just a kid, I care too much about animals, our environment, and our future natural resources to let them beat down my town, just so they can make an extra buck. Now I need your help to stop them, and give hope to other people around the world that they can stand up for their own rights!

The governor could sign at any minute, so we need your voice as soon as possible, or my dream of getting a healthier environment for my town, our environment and our world will be totally crushed.

Thank you!!


Recent signatures


    1. Thank you

      Abby Goldberg
      Petition Organizer

      174,000 signatures and my hero governor Quinn vetoed the bill! Thanks to everyone who signed. Please follow wherever you live. Work in your community to address plastic bag problems. Prove my critics wrong and create as well as demand solutions! Tell IL legislators to not override veto

    2. thank u

      Abby Goldberg
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to all who have signed in the last day! One more day of challenge to get more signatures by Saturday evening. Let's show Governor Quinn these last days that we really mean it! -Abby

    3. Thanks

      Abby Goldberg
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to all who called or wrote Governor Pat Quinn. His mailbox was full so hopefully that is a good thing. Spoke to Senator Link last Friday. Nice guy but we don't see eye to eye on this. Recycling bags doesn't work what is the incentive?

    4. Call the governor!!!

      Abby Goldberg
      Petition Organizer

      23 days until the governor needs to make a decision about SB3442. Callling all Illinois residents to please contact governor quinn. Please tell him to veto the bill

    5. Decision-maker Sara Feigenholtz responds:

      Sara Feigenholtz

      Thank you for contacting me regarding Senate Bill 3442 and plastic bag recycling.

      Senate Bill 3442 creates the Plastic Bag and Film Recycling Act. The bill would require plastic bag manufacturers to register with the Illinois Environ...

    6. Governor Quinn was in his Chicago office and spoke with me!

      Abby Goldberg
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to everyone who supported this petition! Without your help I would not have gotten as far as I did. On Tuesday, in Chicago, we held our press confrence, delivered the petition and Governor Quinn was actually there and said this: I, a one-time grassroots activist who ran petition drives that collected millions of signatures, promise to have Abby back when I reach my decision.” Let's hope he vetoes bill sb3442!

    7. Come: Deliver 154K Signatures to Governor Quinn's Chicago Office Tuesday!

      Abby Goldberg
      Petition Organizer

      Please join me Tuesday, July 3 in Chicago at 10AM!

      I will be personally delivering my petition to Governor Quinn's office at the State of Illinois building 100 W. Randolph. It would be such an awesome sight if you could stand behind me literally and take those steps to his office with me!

      Thank you to all my supporters who signed my petition. This just proves that people really want to help the environment and that we all have a voice! Our voice, not money, politicians or outside influences can change the world we live in. I never thought I woud get so many signatures and I never thought that me, a 12 year old, would be heard.

      So many adults told me that I might as well give up on my dream, I was crushed, but these signatures have re-energized my passion to ban plastic bags and make me believe in the power of people coming together to help one another.

      Thanks agian to all of you!
      Abby - @activistabby on twitter or Let My Town Thrive at Gee Mail dott com

    8. Reached 150,000 signatures
    9. Facebook and Twitter Sample Posts to Copy/Paste! + My Contact Info

      Abby Goldberg
      Petition Organizer

      WOW, I am blown away that this has gotten so much attention -- we were averaging like 7 signatures a minute! It's slowed down now a lot, so I worked with my friend to create a few sample posts for you if it makes it easy ok?

      Fossil Fuel Corporations vs. People -- YOU DECIDE. 

      Help this brave 12-year-old stand up to Big Plastic's sneaky attempt to take away rights of towns and states everywhere.


      ✏Don't Let #BigPlastic Bully 12-year-old @ActivistAbby! ✍Sign #petition 4 @GovernorQuinn to VETO their Bill

      Follow to stay in touch!
      or write me: Let My Town Thrive at Gee Mail dot com

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    10. Wal-Mart Activist... A Special Note

      Abby Goldberg
      Petition Organizer

      from a wonderful signer! Inspiring story you shold know of:

      "I am SO happy to have found you!!!

      I am a cashier for Walmart and I'm about the only one there that cares about the environment! Wal-mart is so concerned about loosing business instead of caring for the environment (like they say) and I am so frustrated working there.

      I am giving away something that is destroying our world and I have no control over it. If I could afford to quit I would and I would picket outside their doors!

      Just knowing you gives me the strength to keep fighting!!! I do this more for you and my 3 kids and all the others Im leaving this world to!!!
      - Fellow Resident, Illinois.

      Support Food and Water Watch here:

    11. First Media Interview!!! Time Out Chicago Kids

      Abby Goldberg
      Petition Organizer

      Hopefully this will inspire kids to speak out and create a team of kids and adults to pursue your dream of doing the right thing. I think a longer one is coming out, because I did a full interview I was really nervous for. I don't know.

    12. Reached 50,000 signatures
    13. Widget for Sharing On Your Site!

      Abby Goldberg
      Petition Organizer

      So I just got this email saying we reached 8,000 in 10 hours! Totally insane.
      It also said to embed a widget. I did not know what that meant at first, but i looked it up. I do not have a site but maybe you do and if you feel passionate about this issue about corporations taking away citizen rights then here is a widget you can use to share until the petition ends!

      I would be so grateful. Thank you very much!!!

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    14. Reached 8,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Nancy Gorrell BERKELEY, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      I was part of the group which got Berkeley to ban chlorofluorocarbon blown styrofoam. Since then, the world has stopped it. It only takes a few people to start a movement. Thanks for being one of them. Plastics are made with fossil fuels. We can live without them, as we have before. Today is a spare the air day here. Let us spare the air, water and soil of this earth, and ban plastic use for over packaging and all non essential uses.

    • Goffinet McLaren PAWLEYS ISLAND, SC
      • over 1 year ago

      Because plastic bags are absolutely detrimental to animals.

    • Pam Gervais ORLAND PARK, IL
      • about 2 years ago

      Our voice should make a difference!

    • Crystal Hughes DALLAS, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      Plastic bags are a source of a lot of pollution. It just makes sense to use cloth bags that can be re-used over and over again. Plastic corporations should not be allowed to tell cities that they cannot ban plastic bags. Cities have the right to keep their streets and trees free of plastic bag litter.

    • Candice Beever MURPHYSBORO, IL
      • about 2 years ago

      Every time I see a plastic bag caught in the trees, I feel a little sad. We need to change the way we treat the environment. Our planet is resilient and the damage we've caused can be reversed, but not until we stop the acts causing the damage. Abby, you are an inspiration to kids and adults both!


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