Another Booze Ban May Come to NW Suburbs

Proposed ordinance goes after some single serving liquors

By BJ Lutz
|  Wednesday, Oct 7, 2009  |  Updated 3:15 PM CDT
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Another Booze Ban May Come to NW Suburbs

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You'll be able to snag a Forty of Colt 45, but not a pint of Sparks if some Arlington Heights officials have their way next week.

You'll be able to snag a Forty of Colt 45, but not a pint of Sparks if some Arlington Heights officials have their way next week.

An ordinance currently under consideration would outlaw some single servings of liquor in the village in an effort to curb the fighting, theft and public urination that comes from those who abuse booze.

Here's the gist, according to the Daily Herald:

The proposed ordinance would outlaw the sale of a single container of beer unless it is 40 ounces or more; a single container of wine unless it is greater than 12 ounces, which is considered half a bottle; and a single bottle of liquor other than beer or wine unless it is greater than 16 ounces.

The Chicago Tribune points out that Evanston, Mount Prospect and Chicago all have similar prohibitions of varying degrees.

Retailers, of course, aren't toasting the idea. They say the smaller packages are a big part of their business and fear customers will just head outside the area for their liquor purchasers.

"Two million dollars in sales stands to be lost," Connie Karavidas, a co-owner of two Teddy's Liquors stores in Arlington Heights, told the Chicago Tribune.

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