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By DAVE HINTON
Rantoul Press editor
The Rantoul Liquor Advisory Committee last week discussed the number of liquor licenses in the village but made no recommendation to the village board whether to keep that number.
Mayor Neal Williams, who heads the committee, said the discussion arose as a result of Hot Headz Bar & Grill, 108 N. Garrard St., going out of business and giving up its liquor license.
“They closed within the last month,” Williams said.
He said he calls a meeting of the committee whenever a liquor license becomes available.
“I like to get the group together, see what they think about the licenses we have, the number of licenses per category and just talk about what direction we’d like to go for the betterment of Rantoul,” Williams said.
He said the discussion “was mixed” on whether to reduce the number of liquor licenses or to maintain the number the village has.
“There was just a lot of thought expressed both ways,” Williams said. “It’s an ad-hoc committee. There’s no authority.”
At present, the village has one license available for the license category of A (alcoholic liquor for consumption on or off premises); one for P-2 (package for consumption off-premises only, beer and wine); and three for R (restaurants, alcoholic liquor on premises).
There are 28 licenses in use, including eight for A; three for R; 12 for P-1 (package for consumption off premises only, alcoholic liquor); one for P-2; three for C (club for consumption on premises only, alcoholic liquor); and one for GC (golf course alcoholic liquor on premises and through three mobile carts). The village is able to issue an unlimited number of licenses for H/M (alcohol locked in cabinets in hotel/motel room).
Williams said the committee made no recommendation. He would like the village board to make a decision on whether to maintain or reduce the number of liquor licenses and expects the topic to be discussed at the board’s Feb. 5 study session.
Members of the liquor advisory committee are Ron Loy, chairman; Herman Fogal, Hank Gamel, Lance Kerney, Wayne Mathis and Jimmy Taylor. Taylor and Mathis did not attend the meeting.