Are There Any Dry (Liquor Free) Counties In Illinois Anymore?
I was just reading a piece from 5NewsOnline.com that was covering the provisions for liquor sales over the Christmas holiday this year in the state of Arkansas, and believe me, they've got provisions about purchasing booze in that state.
It seems as though many liquor stores in Arkansas will be closed for 48 hours or more starting on Christmas Eve simply because of date Christmas falls on:
"As Arkansans know, by law alcohol may not be sold by liquor stores or retailers with an alcohol permit (grocery stores, etc.) on Sundays. In addition, Arkansas is among approximately 24 states that prohibit any alcohol sales on Christmas Day. When it comes to alcohol sales on Christmas Day in Arkansas, there are not any exceptions," Scott Hardin, a spokesperson for the Alcoholic Beverage Control in Arkansas, said.
Hardin said even restaurants and bars are prohibited from serving alcohol on Christmas Day, and a bill filed in 2021 that attempted to reverse the ban didn't make it out of committee.
So, that's Arkansas. If you're staying here in Illinois over Christmas, you've got nothing to worry about...or do you?
In Arkansas, 34 Of The 75 Counties In The State Are Dry Counties, Georgia Has 5 Dry Counties, Florida Has 3, Kentucky Has 15, Kansas Has 3, Mississippi Has 12, South Dakota Has 1, Tennessee Has 5 Dry Counties, And Texas Has 5...But How Many Does Illinois Have?
The answer to that would be zip, zero, nada. We don't have any dry counties in the state of Illinois, and you won't find any in Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, or Missouri because state law in our state and in Iowa, Indiana, and Missouri forbids dry counties. Wisconsin state law doesn't even discuss the topic.
Illinois' last dry town, South Holland, stopped being dry when a liquor license was issued to a local restaurant back in 2015.
The last dry town in the state, South Holland issued a license for beer and wine sales to Blueberry Field Pancake House & Restaurant, which will now serve mimosas with their breakfast menu.
While the village is now allowing alcohol in limited portions of town, as long as it's served with food, they have no interest, they said, in ever having liquor stores or saloons in South Holland.
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