Rantoul cuts one liquor license

RANTOUL — The village board this week reduced the number of Class A liquor licenses in the village from eight to seven.

The 5-0 vote came despite a request from a couple who had hoped to operate a sports bar in Rantoul with the eighth license.

Sam Steenbergen, who would open the sports bar with his wife, Kelly, asked the board to postpone its decision until they had a chance to make formal application for it and to take food courses with the public health department.

The number of Class A licenses (alcoholic liquor for consumption on or off the premises) was reduced after Hot Headz Bar, 108 N. Garrard St., closed recently.

Trustee Roger Jones told the couple before the vote that he planned to vote no because it has always been the village board's policy to let the market determine how many licenses should be available.

Mayor Neal Williams said last week that the Hot Headz location, where the Steenbergens had hoped to open their bar, has been opened and closed numerous times in recent years.

Sam Steenbergen urged the board to wait and give them a chance.

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