Goldberg Succeeds in Getting Plastic Bag Bill Vetoed

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn hears the 13-year-old's campaign and vetoes the bill that would prevent plastic bag bans in local communities.

Abby Goldberg was already asleep late Saturday when Illinois Governor Pat Quinn rang her residence to tell her he would veto SB 3442, a bill that would have barred towns from banning plastic bags. Goldberg, an eighth grader at Prairie Crossing Charter School in Grayslake, collected almost 175,000 signatures against the bill through an online petition.

"I was shocked, I just couldn't believe it," she told Patch. "I really thought he would sign the bill because of the plastics industry, so I just couldn't believe it."

In a statement Governor Quinn credited Golberg with raising awareness about the implications of the proposed law. He also thanked her for her work to protect the environment in Illinois.

The 13-year-old began her campaign last Spring as part of an assignment in her environmental awareness class. She initially wanted to convince the Grayslake Village Board to enact a ban on plastic bags. When she learned that a bill was moving through Illinois that would prevent towns of enacting these bans, she took action.

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"It was a lot of work, but I'm glad I did it," she said. "It's nice that all the work I've done has paid off."

"Abby should be extremely proud that she was able to rally tens of thousands of people, and successfully persuade Governor Quinn to veto this bill,” said Mike Jones, Deputy Campaign Director with Change.org in a statement.

“It’s just another example of how students across the country are using Change.org to make a difference in their community, city and state. Abby’s campaign was extremely popular, and touched a nerve with people all throughout Illinois and the United States,” Jones said.

Goldberg told Patch her future plans include trying to get big-box retailers to have specific check-out lanes for customers using reusable bags. Or, she said, "I may write a children's book."

Brian L. August 28, 2012 at 05:46 AM
Did you actually read what the article said? Nothing is banned here. All she did was keep a law off the books in IL. They were trying to make it illegal for towns to ban plastic bags and now they can't just arbitrarily ban them. That's all this young girl did.
Nightcrawler August 28, 2012 at 11:10 AM
Which jobs?
Brian L. August 28, 2012 at 12:35 PM
So again...nothing is banned because of of what this girl accomplished....right?
Brian L. August 28, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Or they can put it on a ballot in elections and let people decide. There are people out there who don't think we should use materials that don't belong in the ground. Not everyone recycles their plastic bags. You see many of them flying through the air, in ditches, and along road sides. It's not hard to use something other than a plastic bag. I can't imagine your life will be that much worse without them.
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