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Portage City Council To Consider Smoking Ban


PORTAGE - The Portage City Council has done its first reading of a proposed ordinance to turn the city smoke free.  But there could likely be amendments to that proposal.

Megan Fisher, Policy Committee Chairperson for the Porter County Tobacco Education and Prevention Coalition says the ordinance committee is pulling back on the comprehensiveness of the original proposal.

Fisher, who is also the Director of Recovery Engagement at Porter-Starke Services, says leaving the indoor restaurants, bars and clubs out of the ordinance doesn't go far enough in protecting the people who patronize the establishments and the people who work there.

The city council intends to present its amended ordinance at its August 3rd meeting.

Sharon Jackson is the local host of "All Things Considered" and a reporter for Lakeshore Public Radio. She has been with 89.1 FM since its launch in 2009. Sharon is also a radio DJ in Chicago, and has been since 2004. In her previous job at Metro Networks/Westwood One, she was heard on am 890 WLS, WGN radio 720 am and am 560 WIND. She has also delivered news and traffic reports on radio stations all over Chicago and the suburbs including 95.9 The River, 98.3 WCCQ and Star 96.7.