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Committee on Health and Environmental Protection

Ald. Cardenas calls for more information on ComEd subcontracting

Alderman George Cardenas (12th), chair of the Chicago City Council Committee on Health and Environmental Protection, called on ComEd to provide more information about its use of minority- and- women-owned subcontractors on Chicago projects during a Thursday committee meeting.

Should sleepy teens get later CPS high school start time? Committee asks

City Council committee to discuss protocols for potential Ebola virus response

Alderman George Cardenas (12th), chairman of the City Council Health and Environmental Protection Committee, on Thursday announced plans to hold committee hearings to discuss the city’s preparedness for the Ebola virus.

Mental health care advocates voice concerns on public resources at City Council committee hearing

The first City Council committee hearing Tuesday on the controversial closing of six mental health care clinics two years ago partly turned into an airing of larger concerns about mental health service in the Chicago area.

“The mentally ill have been abused and it is a national epidemic that we have to address,” said Alderman Willie Cochran (20th), a member of the City Council Health Care and Environmental Protection Committee.

City Council hearing sought on 'food whitener' in bread, snacks

Council committee exempts meat plant from noise restrictions

The City Council Committee on Health and Environmental Protection approved a proposal Wednesday to exempt a meat processing company in the Stockyards from noise level requirements, ahead of a developer’s plans to build houses in a nearby lot.

Facilities at 38th and Morgan streets owned by Ed Miniat, Inc., which supplies meats to restaurants and delicatessens, are part of the Stockyards Planned Manufacturing District (PMD).

Plastic bag ban in chain stores quickly passes committee

A ban on plastic bags in Chicago chain stores passed unanimously by voice vote out of the City Council Health and Environmental Protection Committee Thursday.

Alderman Joe Moreno (1st), the ordinance's sponsor, said that the vote was a “historic day for our environment” and that “the quality of life will be a little bit better with the removal of these relics.”

Restaurants and small independents exempt from plastic bag ban

Vote on Chicago ban on plastic bags put off until April 24

Alderman: Give small shops 3 years to comply with plastic bag ban