East St. Louis Considers Extending Nightclub Hours
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.