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Smoking ban up for final vote

The City Council is scheduled to take final action tonight on a proposal that would strengthen Evanston’s clean air ordinance by banning smoking in all bars and restaurants and the common areas of apartment and condominium buildings.

The City Council is scheduled to take final action tonight on a proposal that would strengthen Evanston’s clean air ordinance by banning smoking in all bars and restaurants and the common areas of apartment and condominium buildings.

The measure was approved 3-2 by the Human Services Committee April 3. At the City Council meeting April 11, Alderman Anjana Hansen, 9th Ward, who’s not on the HSC, proposed several technical amendments to strengthen it. No aldermen spoke against it that night.

That suggests the ordinance has the support of at least four aldermen, with only two announced opponents on the nine-member council. The measure needs five votes for adoption.

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