Following the unanimous passage of SB 2436 in the Senate in February, the SBAC published an op-ed in Crain’s Chicago in March outlining the importance of amending this outdated statute. It does not make sense that legislators from all corners of the state have a hand deciding the fate of a business hundreds of miles away. The small business community believes that by amending the antiquated regulations of the 1934 Liquor Control Act, which prohibits the sale of alcohol within 100 feet of a religious institution, we can empower business owners in disadvantaged communities by shifting the oversight of liquor licensing to local officials.
We are now up against a tight deadline to get this measure, sponsored by State Rep. Feigenholtz, to committee in the House for consideration. This common-sense initiative has bipartisan support and we are proud to have the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Austin Chamber of Commerce, the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce, the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce, the Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce, the Little Village Chamber of Commerce, the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce, and the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship as part of our coalition.
If we can’t amend a process so widely panned on both sides of the aisle, what does that say about our chances to tackle the bigger challenges looming for our state? It’s time to deal with this issue once and for all and build on that momentum to grow our way to economic stability in Illinois.
Contact your legislator and ask them to co-sponsor SB 2436 today!