Late Night Crime

The city’s spike in crime this year has officials concerned and paying more attention to downtown nightlife.

At the latest council meeting, Joe McElroy wanted to discuss the increase in violence this year, referencing the stabbing of Naperville school teacher Shawn Wild at Frankie’s Blue Room and a more recent armed robbery near the corner of Jackson and Main.

Police Chief Bob Marshall laid out plans to prevent such incidents, like increasing the presence of officers at bars, partnering with the fire department to regularly check that establishments aren’t over capacity, and possibly adding five more surveillance cameras throughout downtown.

“I think we need to be proactive as far as enforcement so I think, Chief, your plan moving forward is pretty good,” said Councilman Grant Wehrli.

“I think what’s happened is it’s become a focal point for people who want to have a lot to drink,” said Councilman McElroy.

“As I’ve said before, nothing good ever happens after midnight,” said Councilman Bob Fieseler. “That’s what my mama used to tell me.”

Some councilmen even tossed around the idea of reducing the hours bars are allowed to serve liquor by an hour, which would move last call to 12:30am on weekends.

No motion was made but the council plans to continue its discussion on the issue.

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