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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • City deliberates Poor Boys liquor license

  • Mayor Eric Gregg, Police Chief Bob Smith and City Attorney Todd Bittle held a hearing Tuesday morning to determine the fate of the liquor license of Poor Boy's Lounge, 300 E. Raymond St., Harrisburg.
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  • Mayor Eric Gregg, Police Chief Bob Smith and City Attorney Todd Bittle held a hearing Tuesday morning to determine the fate of the liquor license of Poor Boy's Lounge, 300 E. Raymond St., Harrisburg.
    The mayor is the liquor commissioner for the city.
    Owner Sheila Harmon represented the bar.
    In recent years the lounge has experienced numerous bar fights, some resulting in very serious injury to the victims.
    In July of 2011 a fight at the bar resulted in one felony count of aggravated battery.
    In April of 2012 a fight resulted in three counts of aggravated battery.
    In September of 2012 a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery was filed in an incident.
    In October of 2012 a charge of aggravated battery was filed.
    In November of 2012 a misdemeanor charge of battery was filed.
    In January of 2013 a charge of aggravated battery and two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon were filed in connection with a stabbing.
    Because of these incidents the mayor said he is considering one of three options:
    1. Revoking the liquor license permanently.
    2. Suspending the liquor license for 30 days.
    3. Fining the business up to $1,000.
    Sheila Harmon, owner of the bar, said it was very difficult to know which customers were or would become troublemakers. She said she was willing to do anything and everything to comply with the city's recommendations.
    After the meeting Gregg said that increased security and better lighting would be an improvement.
    Gregg said he believed he would have a decision in the matter by Friday.    

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