ROCK ISLAND, Ill., (KWQC) – Rock Island City Council has voted four to three in favor of early closure of neighborhood bars. Bars and nightclubs will now have to close permanently at 2 a.m. instead of 3 a.m. The neighborhood’s nightlife has been placed under a temporary order to shut down at 2 a.m. since August after an incident that left one dead and five injured downtown.
Aldermen in favor say it will make the neighborhood safer. Some business owners say it will hurt their bars.
“We came here and opened our businesses because of the plaza, because of the downtown area and they asked us to help create the arts and entertainment district, which we have done and now in two votes, they practically took it away from us, ”says Terry Tilka, owner of Rock Island Brewing Company.
Tilka says that the issue of violence in the …
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