East St. Louis Considers Extending Nightclub Hours

3 years 1 month 5 days ago June 20, 2013 Jun 20, 2013 Thursday, June 20 2013 Thursday, June 20, 2013 7:14:00 AM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

EAST ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Leaders in East St. Louis are considering allowing all-hours nightclubs in the crime-plagued southwestern Illinois city. The community cut the clubs' hours last year, requiring them to close at 2 a.m. during the week and 3 a.m. on weekends. The change came after pressure from police, prosecutors and even U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, who wanted to limit liquor sales. Clubs had been open until 6 a.m.

But the Belleville News Democrat reports some members of the city council now want to create an entertainment district for 24-hour and late-night clubs. They argue concentrating them in a single area would make it easier to control public safety.
The city also wants to double the cost of liquor licenses.

A public hearing on the proposal will be held later this month.

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