Alderman moves to regulate 'social clubs'

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June 26, 2013|By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco | RedEye

An alderman on Wednesday proposed to regulate "social clubs" two weeks after a man was arrested at one in Logan Square where allegedly drugs were found, alcohol was sold without a license and video poker machines were operating without a license.

The proposal introduced by Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26th) at the City Council meeting calls for a limited business license if the premises allows alcohol and automatic amusement devices. Exemptions would include any business that holds a valid liquor license, public place of amusement license or retail food establishment license.

The ordinance was proposed after Louis Rufin, 44, was arrested on June 9 at the "after hours club" he owned located at 2941 N. Milwaukee Ave. where police discovered 12 grams of cocaine. The premises also had bottles of alcohol and three video poker machines with $231 in them, the police report said. Rufin was ordered to be held on $100,000 bond. His next court date was set for July 5.

The proposed ordinance would prohibit social clubs from having blackened or opaque windows on the ground floor facing the street when they are open to members or patrons. Blinds, shades and curtains would be allowed.

If there are no street-level windows, doors would have to allow a clear view from the outside to the inside of the establishment during operating hours.

The proposal goes to the Committee on License and Consumer Protection for consideration.

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