In addition to mostly routine liquor license items, the Council’s License Committee approved an ordinance from Ald. Tom Tunney (44) and Ald. Rod Sawyer (6) that would allow those under 21 to serve liquor at restaurants. Sponsors have framed lowering the age threshold to 18 years as a way to address youth unemployment in Chicago, which is especially high among minorities.

The Committee on Special Events approved financing for a new park and the expansion of several community gardens, playlots.

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