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Ottawa limits what kinds of businesses can serve alcohol

Posted by wlpo on October 8, 2014

Video gaming is changing a lot of things in Illinois including places wanting to serve alcohol that normally wouldn’t.

With the popularity of video gaming machines, Ottawa Mayor Bob Eschbach says they’ve been getting requests from gas stations and even grocery stores wanting a liquor license to serve alcohol by the machines. The council last night amended its liquor ordinance to allow only so called “Pour Licenses” for bars, pubs, clubs, taverns, restaurants and motels. Gas stations and grocery stores could still sell packaged liquor but not get a license to serve it to customers in glasses.

The council also streamlined its liquor ordinance by raising the cost of licenses for all businesses serving beer and wine from $675 to $900 with the exception of clubs, or service organizations.

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