EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill.—East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks has changed his mind about allowing all-hours nightclubs in the crime-plagued city.
The community cut the clubs’ hours last year, requiring them to close at 2 a.m. during the week and 3 a.m. on weekends. The change came after pressure from police, prosecutors and even U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, who wanted to limit liquor sales.
Parked hoped extending closing times would bring more money into the city, but he received very little support from the community in trying to do so.
Some people said they fear it would increase crime.
“I feel it’s going to make a difference in crime. As a mom, as someone who grew up here, you just want your city to be safe,” said resident Rashawn Choice.
Mayor Parks said he still wants to create a river’s edge entertainment featuring after hours spots and some 24-hour clubs.