Did You Know That Alcohol Consumption On Trains Was Illegal In Illinois?
Don’t worry! While drinking on trains in the state of Illinois has historically been considered illegal and could get you a night or two in jail, the law has finally been repealed by lawmakers who called it “archaic.” It specifically targets traffic on the “L,” but technically applies to anyone caught drinking in the state. The old law was called the Railroad Intoxicating Liquor Act of 1911. Now, you can enjoy that frosty beverage on your way home from work — or anywhere else.
One of the senators who voted to repeal the old law was none other than Laura Ellman (D-Naperville).
If you’re from Chicago, you probably already know that most people were ignorant of the old law and openly ignored it. Thankfully, no one has enforced the law for about a century. Senate Bill 2961 has gone through the Senate Transportation Committee and been wiped from the books once and for all.
Ellman said, “This law hasn’t been forced since the 1920s, during prohibition in this country. Just because a law isn’t generally enforced, doesn’t mean that it can’t be. Today, many trains include alcoholic beverages on their menus. It’s time to strike this archaic and arbitrary law off the books in the state of Illinois.”
This is good news in a state struggling with such controversial subjects all the time. President Donald Trump recently commuted the sentence of former Governor Rod Blagojevich, who was impeached and eventually convicted for trying to “sell” the senate seat once occupied by President Barack Obama. That was news none of us wanted to hear! Especially since Blagojevich has shown zero remorse for his crimes.
The whole thing was ironic because he had a stack of thousands of clemency requests that he completely ignored. The next governor (who has also gone on to bigger and better things) had to deal with them when he occupied the office.
Also in the news are the current battles to implement new casino-related legislation so we can increase the number of these businesses operating in southernmost Illinois. Currently, there is a strict cap on the number that can operate in the state at any one time.
At least six new licence applications have been put forth since the new laws were announced. The industry could lead to huge revenue increases, which would be especially beneficial for towns in the south whose economies are struggling even in the supposedly strong economy.