WGN Radio Interview on the 84 Year Old Law Holding Economic Development


This week, SBAC Founder & President, Elliot Richardson was interviewed on WGN Radio’s Opening Bell to discuss SB 2436. This bill would that by amend the antiquated regulations of the 1934 Liquor Control Act, which prohibits the sale of alcohol within 100 feet of a religious institution.  The small business community believes that we can empower business owners in disadvantaged communities by shifting the oversight of liquor licensing to local officials. Click here to hear the full interview, starting at the 18:30 mark.

Following the unanimous passage of SB 2436 in the Senate in February, the SBAC published an op-ed in Crain’s Chicago Business outlining the importance of amending this outdated statute. 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.

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. Click here to contact your legislator and ask them to co-sponsor SB 2436 today!