Rockford Police log most DUI arrests outside Chicago

By Scot Bertram | The Center Square Jul 20, 2019 An annual survey has revealed information about drunken driving arrests across Illinois. As the state’s largest city, Chicago had the highest number of DUI arrests last year at nearly 1,900. Rita Kreslin, executive director of the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists, said things have been sliding in…

Billy Busch’s Beer Company Is Folding

Source: https://www.riverfronttimes.com/ By Doyle Murphy Jul 10, 2019 Billy Busch, bad boy beer heir and noted middle-school basketball court scrapper, is shutting down his brewing company. The William K. Busch Brewing Company is dissolving, which means the end of its Kräftig and Kräftig Light lagers, the business announced today in a news release. Busch, who…

Weed cafes in Illinois? People could be allowed to smoke marijuana (not tobacco) at bars, restaurants under new law.

Legalization includes an exemption to the Smoke-Free Illinois Act ban on indoor smoking, letting cities decide whether to allow on-site use at bars, restaurants, theaters, even new cannabis smoke lounges. Source: https://chicago.suntimes.com/ By Tom Schuba Jun 28, 2019 Since 2008, it’s been illegal to smoke indoors at most public places in Illinois. But smoking could…

Health groups want alcohol labels to warn of cancer risk

Consumers and health advocates are pressing for an update on labels established in 1988 Source: https://www.consumeraffairs.com/ By Mark Huffman 06/27/2019 A coalition of consumer and public health organizations is asking the U.S. government to change warning labels on alcoholic beverages to tell consumers of potential cancer risks. Alcoholic beverages already carry a warning not to…

Summer Sounds Bring in Crowds

Warm weather, cool drinks, good food and great music. There’s nothing like it and now that summer’s here, people want to get out more and have fun. What will help entice them to come to your restaurant or bar? Try music. Studies repeatedly show music can draw a crowd and make customers stay longer and…

Police ‘unprepared’ for pot-impaired drivers in Illinois, law enforcement leaders say

Source: https://herald-review.com/ June 19, 2019 Illinois law-enforcement officials are “incredibly unprepared” for the potential upswing in impaired driving that could result from legalization of recreational use of marijuana. That view of the impact of House Bill 1438 came from a Chicago-area police officer spearheading a pilot program to develop a roadside chemical test for marijuana.…

For those with liquor licenses, everything’s in the cards

Sun, 06/09/2019 – 7:00am | The News-Gazette Photo by: Robin Scholz illustration/The News-Gazette Bartender Chrissy Tucker checks an ID on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at the Esquire Lounge in downtown Champaign. By JOSE ZEPEDA jzepeda@news-gazette.com SAVOY — With businesses facing strict penalties for serving minors, local bars appear to be in agreement with each other when it…