ESL Mayor Lifts 1 a.m. Closing Time for Nightclubs

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — The mayor of East St. Louis says there will more police officers patrolling streets during late nights and early mornings.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports Tuesday that Mayor Alvin Parks Jr. says the police officers will be paid overtime from proceeds “the city and its corporate citizens are putting in place.” Parks has lifted a 1 a.m. closing time for nightclubs that was enforced after one man was killed and two others injured in shootings.

Parks’ actions come after local law enforcement and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin have urged him to close the clubs at 1 a.m. to try to stop crime. The mayor says the city is recommending businesses that stay open later pay for the police overtime. He says an average donation could be $100 a week.

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