New Ill. Bill Would Lower Drinking Age with Parents’ Permission

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) – Illinois lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow those between the ages of 18 and 21 be served alcohol – with their parents’ permission.

Those parents would also have to be present at the time their children were being served.

Here’s what some patrons at a Metro-East tavern had to say about the idea:

“If it’s a family Thanksgiving, New Year’s Day celebration, you’re having dinner, I don’t think it’s inappropriate for them to take a glass of champagne and have a New Year’s Day toast,” said one patron.

“I guess it would be OK; I’m not big on making the drinking age younger because of all the baggage that goes with it, but I guess it would be OK,” said Mark Onstott, owner of Tavern on Main in Belleville.

Others wondered if it’s a good idea to encourage teens to drink alcohol.

Under the bill, hard liquor would still be prohibited for those under 21.

Ten states, including Illinois’ northern neighbor Wisconsin, already have a similar bill in place.

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