55 liquor licenses is enough

August 27, 2013 

East St. Louis has 50 liquor establishments remaining, 19 of them packaged liquor stores. The total number of licenses allowed in the city is 80.

Despite people leaving the city, median income less than $25,000 a year and a 16 percent unemployment rate, the packaged liquor stores appear to survive the sluggish economy. In 2011, there were 74 licensed liquor establishments with 61 active licenses. In 2012, there were 71 licensed liquor establishments with 60 active licenses.

Prior to 2003, the number of allowable liquor establishments was 55. As citizens and businesses moved out of city, the number of liquor establishments increased. The mayor signed an ordinance on Sept. 9, 2003, noting the maximum number of 55 licenses was antiquated. The mayor and council then set the allowable number of licenses at 71. Fifteen months later, the city manager originated an ordinance on Dec. 2, 2004, stating that 71 licenses were antiquated. The mayor and council set the number at 80 licenses.

This mayor is not the only mayor who catered to the liquor establishments. Although there is no need for the mayor and council to increase the number of liquor establishments, they could set the number back to 55.

Please call the mayor and council (482-6600) to let them know 55 liquor establishments are more than enough for our city.

Dorothy Joshway

East St. Louis

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