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Petitioning Chemical Industry Council of Illinois-funded Rep Dave Winters Calls towns that want bag bans "elitist communities", supports bill and 10 others

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

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!!


This petition was delivered to:
  • Chemical Industry Council of Illinois-funded Senator Terry Link
    Bill Sponsor
  • Legislative Advisor and Policy Analyst for Environmental Bills
    Kerri Witowski
  • Governor Pat Quinn
  • Chemical Industry Council of Illinois-funded Rep Joe Sosnowski
    Bill Sponsor
  • Chemical Industry Council of Illinois-funded Rep Paul Evans
    Bill Sponsor
  • Chemical Industry Council of Illinois-funded Rep Mike Tryon
    Bill Sponsor
  • Chemical Industry Council of Illinois-funded Senator John Millner
    Bill Sponsor also funded by ExxonMobil
  • Illinois Governor

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