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Friday, August 09, 2013

With nobody else






One of Springfield's many shuttered taverns.

* Taken - Under civil forfeiture, Americans who haven’t been charged with wrongdoing can be stripped of their cash, cars, and even homes. Is that all we’re losing?

Around 5 p.m. on July 19th, Leon, Sr., was in his bedroom recovering from surgery when he was startled by a loud noise. “I thought the house was blowing up,” he recalls. The police “had some sort of big, long club and four guys hit the door with it, and knocked the whole door right down.” swat-team officers in riot gear were raiding his home. One of the officers placed Leon, Jr., in handcuffs and said, “Apologize to your father for what you’ve done.” Leon, Jr., was taken off to jail, where he remains, awaiting trial.
The police returned about a month after the raid. Owing to the allegations against Leon, Jr., the state was now seeking to take the Adamses’ home and to sell it at a biannual city auction, with the proceeds split between the district attorney’s office and the police department. All of this could occur even if Leon, Jr., was acquitted in criminal court; in fact, the process could be completed even before he stood trial.

Just for making three $20 marijuana sales on his folks' porch. But, read the whole thing. It's about so much more than that.

* Scandals’ owners unhappy with mayor’s liquor-license demand

But in order to get its license, one of Scandals’ owners, Aaron Hurley, had to sign a letter from the mayor’s office stating that he would not request a 3 a.m. license from the city at any point in the future.

I know I've mentioned this many times before, but I have to say it again: Back in my drinking days, the only 3:00 a.m. liquor licenses were on the outskirts of town. I don't know if they were in the city limits or the county, but there were none downtown or in the neighborhoods. (That I can remember, anyway.)

At some point -- in the early 80s, I'm guessing -- that changed. Now, it seems like there are 3:00 a.m. closing-time taverns all over the place. And, yes, there have been problems where the police had to be involved. Of course, taverns and police intervention go hand-in-hand, no matter what time the liquor license ends.

I don't know if Scandals will want a 3:00 a.m. liquor license in the future. They probably don't even know. But it seems arbitrary and punitive for the mayor, who is the liquor commissioner, to decide in advance they won't get one. Also, childish.

* Illinois State Fair photo of the day.

* You know when I drink alone, I prefer to be by myself........

Posted by Marie at August 9, 2013 9:45 PM