Chicago lawmaker stiffens menu labeling proposal

CHICAGO —The alderman who last summer proposed banning artificial trans fats from restaurant foods here has drawn fire from Mayor Richard Daley after calling for a menu labeling law that would be even stricter than the one approved last month in New York City.

The Chicago proposal by Democrat Edward Burke would require restaurants with at least $10 million in annual sales to display the calories, sodium and saturated-fat content of each menu item. The typeface used to convey that information would have to be at least as large as that used to list the menu item and its price. —The alderman who last summer proposed banning artificial trans fats from restaurant foods here has drawn fire from Mayor Richard Daley after calling for a menu labeling law that would be even stricter than the one approved last month in New York City.

Burke, whose initiative is aimed at quick-service restaurants, was quoted as saying that it was designed to protect children. —The alderman who last summer proposed banning artificial trans fats from restaurant foods here has drawn fire from Mayor Richard Daley after calling for a menu labeling law that would be even stricter than the one approved last month in New York City.

The Illinois Restaurant Association called the proposal “unworkable.” —The alderman who last summer proposed banning artificial trans fats from restaurant foods here has drawn fire from Mayor Richard Daley after calling for a menu labeling law that would be even stricter than the one approved last month in New York City.

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley ridiculed the labeling bill at a press conference, saying, “If we are going to start calorie-counting everyone, how far are we going to go in regard to individual rights?” He said the City Council should instead focus on such issues as improving public schools and providing job training for young people. —The alderman who last summer proposed banning artificial trans fats from restaurant foods here has drawn fire from Mayor Richard Daley after calling for a menu labeling law that would be even stricter than the one approved last month in New York City.

Burke’s trans-fat and menu labeling bills both were awaiting action in the council’s licensing committee at presstime. —The alderman who last summer proposed banning artificial trans fats from restaurant foods here has drawn fire from Mayor Richard Daley after calling for a menu labeling law that would be even stricter than the one approved last month in New York City.