Cahokia mayor restricts sale of liquor, beer in area convenience stores

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by Matt Sczesny / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on July 1, 2013 at 9:56 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 2 at 7:03 AM

 (KMOV) – A Metro-East village made alcohol sales a lot tougher with restrictions on what can and cannot be sold in area convenience stores.

Store owners in the city of Cahokia are worried the new restrictions are going to drive them out of business.

In the new village law, liquor and 24-ounce beers or larger are no longer allowed to be sold at convenience stores. 

City officials are attempted to crack down on public drunkenness.

The new law was reportedly the idea of Cahokia Mayor Gary Cornwell, who some believe is attempting to wage a battle on area business owners. 

“It’s very hard and I don’t advice anyone to even invest any money in the village because of the new mayor in Cahokia. He just comes up with rules; he makes up his own rules.” Omar Hamden is suing the mayor after having his liquor license revoked last year.

Store owners say limiting beer and banning liquor sales in the stores will not cut crimes, only sales.

News 4 was unable to reach Mayor Cornwell for comment.  The village law went into effect on Monday. 

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