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Aldermen Propose Ban on Styrofoam Food Containers




    Two Chicago aldermen want to force coffee shops, restaurants, schools and other frequent users of Styrofoam and other polystyrene food containers to stop using them.

    Aldermen Edward Burke and George Cardenas proposed an ordinance Wednesday that would require a switch to more eco-friendly products instead of the polystyrene products, which they say pose a health risk because toxic chemicals leach out of them into food.

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    Alderman Deborah Graham discusses how she recovered from an abusive relationship, and the importance of domestic violence shelters and programs. (Published Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013)

    In a news release, the aldermen say the ordinance would be particularly important to children. They say more than a quarter million public school students in the city use Styrofoam trays every day.

    The ordinance was sent to the council's Finance Committee. If approved, it would be voted on by the full Council.

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    Alderman Bob Fioretti proposes instituting New York program that acts as birth control for rats. Natalie Martinez reports. (Published Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013)