Recycling is not the point. It's not green, eco-friendly, or sustainable. Recycling uses resources that don't need to be used if you reduce or reuse before you resort to recycling.
(Ok, not seriously, but do other stuff too!!!!)
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. They're listed in that order for a reason.
Immediately after linking to facebook my previous post about two new bag bans, I saw a post by My Plastic-free Life about an Illinois bill about to be voted on that would effectively ban plastic bag bans. You can see a summary of SB3442 here and the full text here.
From a quick read through the bill, the overall point seems to be to make manufacturers take responsibility for their product and provide opportunities to increase recycling. However, it also includes a provision that only allows the state to regulate the collection and recycling bags , including that "home rule units" (municipalities, I guess) with less than 2,000,000 people cannot ban or tax plastic bags.