Officials say people in Carmi have knowingly been breaking the alcohol laws in the city for years. But, Alderman Doug Hays said Sunday that may change soon. He said there are four changes he would like to see made to the 31 year old ordinance. Hays said he would like to make drinking on public property illegal, legalize drinking on patios, extend hours of operation and allow drinking at restaurants on Sunday.
"As a business standpoint, it would be more fair to our bars and clubs to give them a competitive edge to compete against neighboring towns," Hays said.
But, not everyone agrees.
"I don't think that's a good trade," said Stevan McClure, a minister in Carmi. "Public safety versus increased revenues."
Hay said there won't be any action taken just yet. There is a poll set up on the city's website to gage support or disapproval.