Today marked the second time in less than a year that the SBAC stood with the Governor to see one of our legislative priorities signed into law. A few months ago, the SBAC spear-headed the effort to lower LLC fees in our state, and today’s bill signing again reflects our mission to advance common sense policy reforms to support small businesses in Illinois.
The SBAC partnered with a robust coalition in support of SB2436, to amend the archaic Liquor Control Act of 1934 which prohibits the sale of alcohol within 100 feet of a religious institution, school, hospital or military station. Until now, the only recourse for a small business owner to receive an exemption was for a bill to be drafted, passed by the General Assembly and signed into law. The outdated statute was an obstacle to the growth of local economies, often in areas where new opportunities are needed most. SB2436 reforms this process so that rather than painting all communities with a single brush, local leaders can determine the restrictions that best serve their businesses and residents.
This is a great example of the positive changes that can be made when partisanship is put aside and good policy wins the day – all made possible by reaching a critical mass of supporters speaking with a strong voice. For full details, please see the official press release from Governor Rauner’s Office below.2018-Alcohol_RaunerRelease