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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

New Smoking Bans? City of St. Charles Now Considering "Smoke-Free Air Act"

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"Our preference would be our own legislation versus being mandated by someone else whether at the county level or the state level," Felzien explains.

Part of the debate is likely to center around Ameristar Casino, which could be exempted through a smoke-free policy. Activists like Hannegan say that other bars and restaurants that want to be exempted should have the opportunity, too -- not just casinos.

Felzien notes that there are some restaurants and business owners that have on their own implemented no-smoking policies inside their establishments in the city.

But as per a citywide ordinance, "It's wide this time," she says, adding of the local elected officials, "They want to hear from people.... It's an important topic."

Details on the hearings:

Monday, May 6 - 7 p.m.
Council Chambers at St. Charles City Hall, 200 North Second Street

Monday, May 13 - 7 p.m.
Auditorium at St. Charles West High School, 3601 Droste Road

Monday, May 20 - 7 p.m.
Memorial Hall at Blanchette Park, 1900 West Randolph Street

click to enlarge Postcard the city distributed. - COURTESY OF CAROL FELZIEN
  • Courtesy of Carol Felzien
  • Postcard the city distributed.

Here's Hannegan's full letter, mailed out this week.

City of St. Charles Letter, Bill Hannegan

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