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New Liquor Code Almost Ready

Macomb, IL – Macomb is close to having a new liquor code. It could be approved by aldermen as soon as next week. It will contain numerous changes, including a couple that were approved by aldermen this week. One will put convenience stores under a separate license category than package liquor stores. The other calls for a 10% increase to the license fee charged to bars, hotels, and service clubs. Until now, no such hike was in the proposed new code. Both changes were approved on votes of 5 to 2. Aldermen at-large Dennis Moon and Chris Senn voted against the latter, while Moon and the first ward's Charles Gilbert opposed the former.