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(Chicago Sun Times) — When Downers Grove considered allowing Sunday liquor sales to begin at 9 a.m. instead of noon — a change restaurant and hotels wanted to help cash in on Bears games — Bruce Beckman objected.  A Village Council member in the western suburb, Beckman argued that the “relatively small amount of tax revenue this might generate,” wasn’t as important as using Sunday mornings “for family, going to church and not sitting in a bar somewhere.” The measure passed last month, 4-3, with Mayor Ron Sandack saying the restricted hours put the village’s hotels at a disadvantage with establishments in other towns. Downers Grove joins a nationwide trend, where liquor-related Blue Laws are falling like empty bottles.

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