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Mayor Alvin Parks responds to Dick Durbin's crime-fighting push

4:20 PM, Apr 12, 2012   |    comments
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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - East St. Louis's mayor welcomes Sen. Dick Durbin's help and political clout in revitalizing the impoverished city. But Alvin Parks Jr. says he disagrees with the lawmaker's assessment that restricting liquor sales in the city could cut its violent crime.

Parks' comments came a day after Durbin visited his native East St. Louis and publicly pressed for Parks to order the city's all-night clubs to close at 1 a.m. on weekends. Durbin believes that would help curb the killings in the city a federal prosecutor has called the nation's most dangerous.

But Parks says the problem lies more in drugs, guns in the hands of the wrong people," domestic issues and vendettas. And Parks insists the earlier closures would cost those businesses jobs the city can't afford to give up.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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