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After the deadliest weekend in Chicago, Lightfoot puts curfew on alcohol

Mayor Lori Lightfoot is inserting her heavy-hand into Chicagoan's personal consumption of alcohol.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot is inserting her heavy-hand into your personal consumption of alcohol.

The Temperance Society ain’t got nothing on da Mayuh.

From the other paper of record—hey, I’m Team Chicago Tribune.

Chicago grocery and convenience stores would have to stop selling booze at 10 p.m. under a permanent curfew included in a sweeping pandemic relief package unveiled by Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Wednesday.

The ordinance would ban sales of packaged liquor products between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. every day except Sunday, when they’d start at 8 a.m. The proposal would effectively bring an end to the days of liquor stores remaining open into the early morning hours, though sales would begin several hours earlier on Sundays.

Some Chicagoans slammed the changes.

Having been born and raised in Chicago, and familiar with the town’s drinking habits (a story for another day), I can only imagine. The air is probably as deeply blue as the Chicago River is muddy green. You know what I mean.

But it’s not just about infringing on certain freedoms, but infringing on the profit margin of already struggling small businesses.

Ali Thabet, owner of Ashland Market in Noble Square, said the plan feels like a “low blow” to liquor stores that have struggled through the pandemic. Should it pass the City Council, Thabet said he would likely have to cut staff.

“It’s going to drive all the business out of Chicago and just kill smaller businesses,” he said of the plan. “It will hurt us for the long run.”

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