Voters approve of alcohol sales in downtown WInnebago

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WINNEBAGO, Ill (WIFR) -- Updated: Nov. 6, 2018, 11:45 p.m.

More restaurants in downtown Winnebago can begin selling liquor after voters went against a referendum regarding alcohol sales.

"Now that this has passed, it's going to increase revenues in the whole town, not just in my restaurant, not just next store, not just down the whole block, but the whole town as a whole," said Anna's Pasta and Pizza owner Brian Weavel. "We are bringing dollars into this town that we didn't have before."

Weavel says that along with restaurants having the chance to get a liquor license, a bar could be coming to Downtown Winnebago as well.


Published: Nov. 6, 2018, 5:30 p.m.

For some Stateline voters, an extra question came up on their ballots on alcohol sales.

Voters coming from the Village of Winnebago will have their voices heard about whether or not the village should become dry and half alcohol sales, or continue wet with alcohol sales.

Winnebago was completely dry until 1997, which was when the village became a bit bigger and annexed multiple acres just north of McNair Road. After the annexation, those places were allowed to sell alcohol in their establishments.

Currently, seven village establishments are allowed to have liquor licenses. Only four have them, Toni’s, two gas stations and a grocery store, have a license.

Over the past few months, advocates gathered more than 500 signatures from area voters to get this issue on this year's Election Day ballots as a referendum question.

Several people are excited to see this potential pass, but some residents are also hesitant about its effects.

If more voters say no, restaurants throughout the village will be able to sell alcohol. If passed, the entire village becomes dry.