Village grants OK Entertainment licenses to administrators

Forest Park bars and restaurants no longer have to wait for village council meetings to get approval for internal events.

Forest Park Village Council voted unanimously on October 24 to amend the township ordinance to make the approval of entertainment licenses the responsibility of the village manager. If the mayor rejects the application, the applicant can appeal this decision to the municipal council.

In 2021, amid concerns about rowdy behavior at some Madison Street bars, the Village Council took the more practical approach to entertainment licenses. At one point, the council imposed a moratorium on events while trying to clarify legal requirements. But concerns have since eased, with several commissioners arguing that the Council’s close scrutiny is no longer necessary.

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