The Albion Liquor Commission met on Monday night, electing to approve a recommendation to allow the sale of hard liquor and spirits in the city’s gas stations.

The commission, comprised of five of the six members of the Albion City Council, voted to amend the city’s liquor ordinance to change the terms of Class D liquor licenses, which are designated for gas stations within the city limits, to include the sale of hard liquor, as well as raise the annual cost of those licenses from $750 to $1,250. Those recommendations will be passed on to the city council at their February meeting for potential approval.

The changes were recommended after requests from gas stations Casey’s General Store and Knapp Mart for the ability to sell spirits in their respective stores.

“We’ve had alcohol for…two and a half years,” said Albion Mayor Wesley Harris, addressing representatives from the two gas station. “Have you guys seen an increase (in revenue)?”

Each representative stated that they had, though Knapp Mart expressed frustration at being unable to sell alcohol at all due to the Illinois State Police not responding to requests for background checks, which is preventing the new ownership of Knapp Oil from obtaining a liquor license even after approval from the council last month.

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