EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) -- East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks Jr. says he's ready to respond to a public challenge from a U.S. senator to limit liquor sales in his impoverished city to combat violent crime.
Parks plans a Thursday afternoon news conference to address pressure from U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, who's a native of the city of about 27,000.
Durbin visited Wednesday and appeared increasingly frustrated that Parks hasn't ordered the all-night clubs to close at 11 p.m. on weeknights and 1 a.m. on weekends. Durbin believes that would help curb the killings in the city that a federal prosecutor has called the nation's most dangerous.
Parks has resisted Durbin's request. He says the restrictions could cost the city vital tax revenue.