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Bloomington Council to Vote on Party Bus Booze Ban
Bloomington Council to Vote on Party Bus Booze Ban

Bloomington’s city council is set to vote on whether to ban alcohol from party busses operating in the central Illinois community.

WJBC Radio reports the panel will consider an ordinance during a Monday meeting that’d ban booze from vehicles for hire.

The potential change follows an incident this spring when Illinois State Police shut down a party bus during a run to Champaign.

The bus was licensed by the city of Bloomington, but police said it had several safety violations, including a rear door that was bolted shut.

Police cited 51 passengers underage drinking.

Bloomington City Manager David Hales says the measure would make it clear what’s allowed and what isn’t.

If it’s approved, police may mount undercover sting operations to make sure the rules are being enforced.