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Government Local

DeKalb changes city liquor license process

DeKALB – New liquor licenses in the city of DeKalb will have to be approved by the DeKalb City Council.

During their meeting Monday, aldermen shifted the authority to approve new liquor licensees from the mayor, who also serves as the liquor commissioner, to the full City Council.

The ordinance change passed 4-1 with 2nd Ward Alderman Bill Finucane opposing. First Ward Alderman David Jacobson, 6th Ward Alderman Dave Baker and 3rd Ward Alderwoman Kristen Lash were absent.

“I'd like to just voice the viewpoint that we eliminated the liquor commission several years ago to speed up the process and this could just, in turn, slow that process back down,” Finucane said.

After the meeting, Rey said he will make a recommendation on new applications to the council, but believes the entire council should be able to weigh in on new applications.

The mayor will continue to review, approve or deny liquor license renewal and special event permits.

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