Smoking Alliance Sought by Bartlett
Cepeda, Esther J., Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Esther J. Cepeda Daily Herald Staff Writer
Bartlett, Chicago and Paris - they're all going to be a little jittery once bans outlawing smoking in all public gathering areas and places of employment go into effect.
But like those cities, Bartlett's economic development commission has decided not to go through the pain of withdrawal alone. It's recommending the village board reach out to Hanover Park, Streamwood, and South Elgin to explore an intergovernmental agreement that would level the playing field not only for Bartlett - which spans parts of Cook, DuPage and Kane counties - but also for the entire Tri-Villages area.
Taking their cue from Schaumburg, Palatine, Rolling Meadows, Hoffman Estates and Arlington Heights, who together crafted an ordinance designed to keep any one municipality from profiting or suffering from the Cook County ban, commission members will ask the village board to open a dialogue with their neighbors.
It's a move that might turn a negative into a positive if, as one board member suggested, the consortium took the passed more lenient nonsmoking rules, featuring exemptions for businesses such as restaurants and bars, that might attract more businesses rather than extinguish economic development.
"If we come out with a less stringent …
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Publication information: Article title: Smoking Alliance Sought by Bartlett. Contributors: Cepeda, Esther J. - Author. Newspaper title: Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL). Publication date: October 10, 2006. Page number: 1. © 2009 Paddock Publications. COPYRIGHT 2006 Gale Group.
This material is protected by copyright and, with the exception of fair use, may not be further copied, distributed or transmitted in any form or by any means.