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A city ordinance intended to curb disposable bags will go into effect Feb. 1. (Walmart / Flickr)

Shopping trips may become additionally taxing for Chicagoans starting in February as the checkout bag tax is set to go into effect on the first of the month.

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The ordinance passed by a slim 9-8 vote, with Board President Toni Preckwinkle casting the deciding vote.

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Cook County will soon require employers to provide as many as five paid sick days for workers. Hear from one of the law's sponsors, and find out why some businesses are opposed.

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One year in and the city's ban on flimsy, one-use plastic bags is now fully in effect. But is it really reducing pollution or, as some critics charge, is it actually making the problem worse? Our panel examines the ban's impact.

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Starting Aug. 1, 2016, chain stores that are 10,000 square feet or less must comply with the city's plastic bag ban originally enacted a year ago. (MTSOfan / Flickr)

As of Monday, chain stores that are 10,000 square feet or less must comply with the city's plastic bag ban originally enacted a year ago.

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Tucked into a new ordinance that would tax smokeless and other non-cigarette tobacco products is a provision that would set a minimum price on cigarettes, cigars and chew tobacco.

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Alderman Looks to Close Loopholes on Ban Starting Aug. 1

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The city of Chicago's partial ban on plastic bags is now in place, but the ordinance as it's currently written will still allow stores to give out plastic bags, provided they meet certain standards. We discuss the new rules and proposed changes to them.

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel supports a recommendation from his task force that the city’s minimum wage be raised to $13. Some City Council members believe that’s not high enough and business owners are against the hike altogether.