Village of Winnebago seeks change on alcohol through referendum

Published: Oct. 31, 2018 at 6:32 PM CDT
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With Election Day less than a week away, residents of one Stateline village have started thinking about an extra referendum question that is going to appear on their voting ballots.

The Village of Winnebago is looking to change a rule that dates back nearly a century ago when the Prohibition Era began. As of today, restaurants and businesses that sit north of McNair Road in the village can sell alcohol while places south are not allowed.

According to Village President Frank Eubank, he says this is because the areas north of McNair Road were annexed into the village around 30 years ago from the county that could have alcohol sales.

If a majority of voters vote no, all businesses and restaurants would be allowed to sell alcohol. However if a majority of voters vote yes, then the entire village will become dry. This would include businesses and restaurants that already sell alcohol.

Voters can expect to see this extra question on the back of their ballots when they go to the polls on Election Day.