Chicago plastic bag ban goes into effect today

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CHICAGO -- The ban on plastic bags in Chicago is now in effect.

The rule impacts certain chain stores, or franchise locations that are more than 10,000 square feet.  Smaller chains and franchises will have to comply next year.

Retailers will have to offer reusable bags or paper ones, either for free or at a cost to shoppers. But, it appears some businesses are looking to get around the law. They plan to offer thicker plastic bags for free that still comply with the new law.

Two aldermen told representatives from Walgreens and Jewel-Osco that they'll push an amendment this fall to make the thicker bags illegal.

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