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Friday, March 15, 2013

City of Aurora Changes the Rules for Ballydoyle So Mayor and Cronies Can Drink Longer for St. Patrick's Day; Police Blast Increased Risk to Public



Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner is in the news yet again for mixing alcohol and cash.

After giving Ballydoyle over two million taxpayer dollars to locate a bar in downtown, Weisner wanted the rules changed for St. Patrick's Day, which falls on a Sunday, so the bar could stay open longer for drinking.

"This was brought forward because of Ballydoyle" said a city spokesman who added they would be stay open an extra hour.

In an effort to appease some of the old-guard private social clubs and other bars, they also are allowed to stay open if they planned to have a live band like Ballydoyle, which eliminates most others.

And, any application for the extension, which was due by Thursday, would be subject to approval of the city's liquor commissioner, which "coincidentally" happens to be Tom Weisner.

Meanwhile, several rank-n-file Aurora Police officers say changing the rules so people can drink later creates increased risk to public safety.

"It's bad policy, but for anyone planning to drink on St. Patrick's Day at Ballydoyle late into the night, don't think about driving because we might be watching and waiting for you" said a police officer who added "that includes the mayor."

Last week, a BGA/CBS2 Investigation highlighted the massive conflicts-of-interest involving Weisner taking thousands in cash from liquor establishments.

Learn more HERE about the investigation or see videos below:



20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Actually I figured the later hours were intended to enhance revenues for the city. Have the cops out in force, with cops in private cars posted near the parking areas. They see someone come out of a bar, get in their car and drive off, then radio ahead to a patrol officer who's waiting. Rake in the dough!

Anonymous said...

If you are unable to get drunk by midnight on St Patrick's Day you obviously are not trying. What is the point of the extra hour?

Al Kohollick said...

When you're driving down the highway at night
And you're feelin' that wild turkey's bite
Don't give Johnny Walker a ride
Cause Jack Black is right by your side
You might get taken to the jailhouse and find
You've been arrested for driving while blind

Anonymous said...

Anyone who goes to Ballydoyle and sees the Mayor ask him why he never gets a bill for his food and drinks. He hasn't paid for anything.

Anonymous said...

The longer hours gives more opportunity for Mike Morcos to reach up a waitresses skirt and beat his wife to the ground.

Anonymous said...

I can think of two million reasons why the Mayor doesn't pay for his food and drinks at Ballydoyle. One hand washes the other. The term "La Costra Nosta" translates to: "Our little thing".

Anonymous said...

Wow, more hours to drink legally and get in your car. Look out for Bill Catching driving home. Because, as he says, no one will dare arrest him for DUI in aurora!

Anonymous said...

Sorry, I'm not from Aurora. Can someone please explain to me why on earth taxpayers would dump 2 MILLION DOLLARS into a bar??? Is someone making that up or is this city govt really that stupid?

Anonymous said...

Yes it is stupid to dump 2 million into a bar in a part of town that died 40 to 50 years ago. It was a desperate attempt to rebuild a long dead area. It didn't work. It's widely believed that some of the two million is somehow funneled back to connected folks in various forms, some probably legal. The City also offered the Billy Goat tavern about a million dollars to do the same thing. For some reason that failed to materialize. There's not enough checks and balances in Aurora City Government to stop this dumping of taxpayer's money. Everyone who has lived here long enough knows that part of town ain't coming back. People with disposible income ain't driving down that that way.

danhites@hotmail.com said...

There seems to be a number of mis-perceptions concerning later hours. I've been researching the issue and had a 4am nightclub in Chicago for about 7 years.

I oversaw a committee which looked into getting 4am licenses for the downtown. There were several police officials involved, and ongoing conversations with a number of regular patrol officers confirms that they are not particularly opposed to later hours nor do they think that it is unmanageable. In fact, the general opinion seems to be that it might be good for downtown.

Further, the city has done this several times without any bad results. On the contrary, the restaurants and bars that participated were very happy about the results.

As part of my research I FOIA-ed the number of DUI's from five years before the casino opened with their 5am license to five years after. Contrary to expectations, there was a noticable drop in DUI's, even though there was a large influx of gamblers. This follows the general knowlegable impression that 4am licenses actually serve to reduce incidences of drunken driving.

On my part, I wish the city would go further than this small effort to encourage people to come to downtown's establishments.

Anonymous said...

Al Kohollik-awesome ZZ Top song.
10:16- your spelling and translation are both wrong.

Anonymous said...

Why should anyone who lives in Aurora care about the downtown? What is the big deal? Why does it matter. The only people clamoring for a thriving downtown are realtors, people stupid enough to invest in it, or those fools who bought on downer who thought this was an up and coming community and wanted to get in on the cheap on the next community revival. Downtown has been dead since the 70s and Aurora has quadrupled in size since then. It should be obvious that the city can thrive without the downtown, which is nothing but an anchor around the city’s neck. All it is, is a waste money.

Anonymous said...

The number of drunk driving arrests in a community is not a good measure of drunk driving in the community. Communities with police departments that focus on drunk driving have higher arrests. Police departments that ignore the issue have low numbers of arrests.

A better measure of the problem is a study of the number of accidents that list alcohol as a contributing factor.

No good comes from drinking after midnight.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely right 12:23 am and 12:43 pm. What downtown needs is a "do not resuscitate" sign. And now they want to give away about a million more for still another mediocre restaurant in a scheme that looks way bent. Oh, and Ballydoyle got 2.2 million. This administration is shameless, and since few people care it'll go right on being shameless.

Anonymous said...

12:23 AM is correct.
in addition...

Kevin Matthews hit the nail on the head when he explained downtown Aurora's problem at the first "here's your 4th ward alderman candidates" meeting.

(paraphrasing)
Aurora has invested in diversity, the poor, and political correctness.

So it only makes sense that the profile of businesses that should be downtown are "how to get everything for free and not work".
(Hessed House, Social Security, Public Aid, not-for-profits, etc.)This was not said then or intended now, in a disparaging way.
Instead, it follows the old adage: "you reap what you sow".

Of course each business would have to be staffed by one Asian, one African American, one Hispanic... and one white person to talk to the cops when one of the other three accidently sets off the burglar alarm.

(to 12:23 AM:What are doing up at 12:23 AM worrying about this stuff?)

Al Kohollick said...

The only way a relator would buy something on that block would be if they had connections to local government and thus either had some inside information or had some political muscle to force a profit out of a seemingly dead-end situation. There is one business on that block that is believed to be a front for a street gang. It's common knowledge though no one will publicly admit to it. If you pay attention to the Illinois casino business, you would conclude the Aurora casino isn't doing so well. The new casino in Des Plaines has seriously impacted the traffic volume. The owner of that casino also owns the same themed casino in Joliet. Frankly, I would be surprised if there was still a casino there 5 years from now. At some point in time that license becomes more valuable than the actual profits coming out of that casino. I've been predicting this for years but it still hasn't happened. I think most people have either tired of the casino experiences or just don't have enough disposable income to spend on that kind of entertainment.If and when the casino closes, then what? Anyway, it just does not make sense to invest in that area. It is what it is.

Anonymous said...

Sorry..... the corrected version is: La Cosa Nostra......."our thing". Thanks for letting me know. I've been using that term here off and on for a few years. :)

Anonymous said...

You meant, " this thing of ours."

Anonymous said...

4:19 now you are an official Good Fella

Anonymous said...

Goodfellas: "Funny? Funny how? How am I funny? Am I funny like a clown? Do I amuse you? How am I fuckin' funny?" Actually, I think I'm more of a goombah.:)