Liquor Commission Update

Paul O’Toole joins the commission after commissioner U-Jung Choe became the Executive Director of the Illinois Liquor Commission.

O’Toole is the owner of Convenient Care Plus, a health-care insurance company.

The commission then got down to business reviewing the liquor license and permit fee analysis as part of bigger picture of financial budget with the city.

“We don’t want to put our businesses at disadvantage situation, but if we are not competitive or consistent with other communities, then we need to consider from the commission on whether they should be adjusted,” said Mayor of Naperville, Steve Chirico.

The commission will compare their fees to surrounding cities and municipalities and continue the discussion at their next meeting.

And finally, representatives from Angelo Caputo’s Fresh Market came to the board asking to change their liquor code to one that would allow a restaurant/bar on premises.

The change would allow visitors to enjoy a drink while in the store in a confined area.

Despite some liquor commissioners initial concerns about liquor handoff throughout the store, they voted unanimously to allow the change and will move to city council for final approval.

The liquor commission also plans to review the number of caps put on liquor codes and form an internal board to update and clarify the current liquor codes used in Naperville.  The next liquor commission meeting will be on December 3rd.

Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.

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