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Committee on Health and Environmental Protection

City foolishly saying ‘no’ to health insurance revenue, alderman contends

Chicago’s cash-strapped city government is rejecting an easy source of revenue by encouraging insured mental health patients to get care at private facilities instead of city-run clinics, Alderman Robert Fioretti (2nd) charged Thursday. The result, Fioretti claimed, is that the city might soon close its six remaining mental health clinics – it already shuttered six mental health facilities in 2012.

Vote on plastic bag ban slated, but questions remain

Many questions were raised during a Tuesday City Council committee hearing on the latest proposal to ban plastic shopping bags throughout Chicago – including a possible fee for the use of paper bags, how soon the measure would take effect if it is approved, and whether the ban would apply to the use of compostable plastic bags.

Condoms to be dispensed at some CPS high schools

Chicago Public Schools will place condom dispensers in 24 high schools starting in the fall as a pilot program.

Dr. Stephanie Whyte, chief health officer for Chicago Public Schools, announced the program Wednesday at a joint meeting of the City Council Education and Health committees. During the meeting, CPS and Chicago Department of Public Health officials detailed various city efforts to improve teen health.

Broadened Chicago ban on plastic bags gaining steam

E-cigarette ban in public places smolders in committee

Members of the City Council’s Health and Finance committees decided during a joint meeting Monday to defer the vote on an ordinance banning “e-cigarettes” in public places where tobacco products are already banned, such as restaurants. The ordinance would also build on a state ban this year of e-cigarette sales to minors by imposing a $1,000 fine to retailers caught selling electronic cigarettes to minors.

City Council health committee OKs partnership that would bring oral health ed to CPS

The Chicago City Council Committee on Health and Environmental Protection on Tuesday approved a measure authorizing the city’s Department of Public Health to move forward with an agreement with the Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago to host AmeriCorps volunteers.

Council committee holds hearing on proposed plastic bag ban

Supporters and opponents of a proposal to ban city retailers from providing plastic bags offered extensive testimony measure during a Council Committee on Health and Environmental Protection meeting Tuesday, but there will likely be some changes to the ordinance before the committee votes on the measure.

Chicago ban on plastic bags stuck in neutral with Rahm on the fence

Chicago moves to ban plastic shopping bags—if Rahm's willing

Chicago saw less power outages, quicker response times in 2012

There were less power outages in Chicago 2012 than any other year since 1997, when the city began to review ComEd’s compliance with its franchise agreement with Chicago, according to the findings in the Annual Commonwealth Edison 2013 Summer Preparedness and 2012 Reliability Report.