EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOX) – Despite a big drop in homicides since they were ordered to close early, East St. Louis’ Mayor would like to see the city’s nightclubs be allowed to return to their original hours. (Read: Prosecutor: East St. Louis Homicide Rate Plunges)
The bars were forced to close early as part of a multifaceted effort to reduce crime in the city, an effort that has resulted in an 85 percent drop in homicides since June 1.
However, Mayor Alvin Parks doesn’t think the earlier closing times are a major element in the turnaround. ”What’s reducing the crime at this point is the influx of all the federal resources, the DEA, ATF, US Marshal’s teams are in there and it’s making a tremendous difference.”
And soon, Parks says the city will start seeing the negative impact of the earlier closings, “Some of the package liquor and food and beverages taxes that we normally would collect will start to see a major decline sometime in October and we, of course, as a city will have to determine how we make sure we get those kinds of taxes back in the coffers.”
Parks says the city will play by the rules, but if crime continues to decline, he’d like to see the early closing times revisited.