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Proposal To Ban BYOB Businesses On Hold...For Now

In the wake of the nation not falling into financial default, some sanity in government has taken hold here in Chicago as well, however temporarily. Ald. Deborah Graham (29th) had proposed a ban of BYOB establishments in dry precincts, but has received enough "pushback" to table her campaign for the time being.

Graham is concerned about monitoring alcohol consumption so that people under the age of 21 are not getting access to booze. Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd) hasn't "had any issues with it," and is worried about enacting an ordinance that may create problems where none exist. Currently there are no ordinances that regulate BYOB.

Even though this issue is tabled for now, signs point to some sort of citywide ordinance being passed. Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently weighed in saying, "We're working through with the sponsors and others to find something that reflects the diverse communities and neighborhoods we have in the city of Chicago."
· BYOB Ban Tabled by City Council [DNAinfo]
· New BYOB law in dry precincts off table [Chicago Tribune]

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