There are some silly provisions in the new Chicago ordinance too but it is basically a comprehensive ban. So, I guess we can now anticipate the imminent demise of all restaurants and bars in Chi Town. Soon you’ll have to do all your dining at the carts of street vendors. So sad, if only those big city people were as smart as we are here.
After an all-night bargaining session, the City Council today agreed to ban smoking on Jan. 16 in virtually all of indoor Chicago, but give taverns and restaurant bars a 2 1/2-year reprieve — or “stay of execution” as one alderman called it.
“Chicago will be smoke-free,” said Health Committee chairman Ed Smith (28th), who received a standing ovation for championing an ordinance that ended a $4 million crusade by the American Cancer Society.
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
Victory in Chicago
While the Springfield City Council is too gutless to take a smoking ban seriously (the latest idiotic proposal is to have the ban in effect only from 3:00 AM to 8:00 PM), Chicago today did pass a comprehensive ban.