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File photo of women dancing on a bar in a club. (PATRICK BAZ/AFP/Getty Images)

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) – Leaders in East St. Louis are considering allowing all-hours nightclubs in the crime-plagued southwestern Illinois 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.

Clubs had been open until 6 a.m.

But the Belleville News Democrat reports some members of the city council now want to create an entertainment district for 24-hour and late-night clubs. They argue concentrating them in a single area would make it easier to control public safety.

The city also wants to double the cost of liquor licenses.

A public hearing on the proposal will be held later this month.

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