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Government

Happy hour might be coming to Downers Grove

Downers Grove Village Council will debate issue Aug. 2

DOWNERS GROVE – Evenings in Downers Grove may get a little boozier should the Village Council lift the restrictions of its happy hour alcohol sale.

During its July 19 meeting, the board was presented with a recommendation to allow the village's businesses to operate under the allowances Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law in July 2015.

The village, being a home rule municipality, has the right to enact ordinances that are more restrictive than state law and currently prohibits special alcohol sales.

But if council vote to adopt the state's limits when the recommendation appears on its Aug. 2 agenda, businesses would be able to discount any drink of alcoholic liquor during a specified time period under the following conditions:

• The price of the drink is not changed during the time it is discounted.

• The period of time during which any drink of liquor is discounted does not exceed four hours per day and 15 hours per week, divided by the licensee in any manner they choose.

• Notice of the discount during a specified time is posted on the premises or on the licensee's publicly available website at least seven days prior to the specified time.

The state also allows party packages if the licensee offers food in a dedicated event space among other restrictions and removed the prohibitions of serving two or more drinks to one person at a time, according to village documents.

Currently, the village's municipal code restricts those activities. The Downers Grove Liquor Commission had previously made a recommendation for staff to consider the amendment to the code on Oct. 1, 2015.

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