EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOV) – Less than 24 hours after Illinois Senator Dick Durbin made scathing remarks about East St. Louis leaders, Mayor Alvin Parks ordered sales at liquor stores to end by 1 a.m.
Mayor Parks says he’s been thinking about making the move for awhile, but last weekend was the last straw. On Saturday night, the mayor reports seeing crowds hanging out at gas stations and liquor stores as late as 6 a.m. – three hours after those stored were allowed to sell alcohol.
“Some of the gas stations have become almost like club scenes,” says Mayor Parks.
Senator Durbin is bringing in federal law enforcement to help East St. Louis authorities crack down on crime. He says he’s going to focus resources on making housing developments safer.