EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP/KSDK) - Leaders in East St. Louis are considering allowing all-hours nightclubs in the crime-plagued southwestern Illinois city.
The community cut the clubs' hours last year, requiring them to close at 2 a.m. during the week and 3 a.m. on weekends.
The change came after pressure from police, prosecutors and even U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, who wanted to limit liquor sales.
Clubs had been open until 6 a.m. But the Belleville News Democrat reports some members of the city council now want to create an entertainment district for 24-hour and late-night clubs.
They argue concentrating them in a single area would make it easier to control public safety.
The city also wants to double the cost of liquor licenses.
A public hearing on the proposal will be held later this month.
Sen. Durbin and St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly released a letter they wrote to Mayor Parks, saying extending the hours will increase the risk of violence and killings. You can read the entire letter to the left of this story.
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