The Chicago City Council has reportedly passed, 36-10, a ban on plastic bags at chain stores (i.e., at least three locations with the same owner) beginning in August 2015 for those larger than 10,000 square feet and August 2016 for smaller establishments. The prohibition follows several months of debate on the measure, with environmental advocates contending that the ban will reduce the number of bags littering the city and store owners arguing that more expensive paper bags will lead to higher prices. See Chicago Tribune, April 30, 2014.