Tuesday, May 6, 2014

City Council on Halloween

Tonight, the city council will also discuss what steps to take regarding the ordinance that lifted the ban on bars operating on South Illinois over the Halloween period. The council will have to act again in order for the bars in the area to remain open during the period this year, as only a one year extension was enacted.

According to police reports, no more activity was reported in the area than would take place on a non-holiday weekend, likely due to the unusually cold and wet weather over the weekend. "Unofficial Halloween" the weekend prior may have drained off some of the energy as well.

Be that as it may, if the city council sought evidence regarding which way to go on extending or eliminating the ordinance, based on last year, they should extend the lifting of the ordinance for another year. I do not advocate a complete repeal of the ordinance currently, since we have yet to see what happens under more favorable weather conditions. However, if council  truly viewed last year's change as a test, the bars and students passed it.

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