City Won't Have Another, Denies License for Liquor Store

The Stop 'N' Go store was requesting a change in its liquor license and a special use permit to change to a liquor store only. The Oak Forest City Council denied the license change, stalling a potential ownership change and more for the store

City council members could not swallow plans to convert a convenience store into a liquor store only. 

Stop 'N' Go Food and Liquor store, 5214 W. 159th Street, was up for a change in ownership and liquor license Dec. 11—but all other changes came to a screeching stop after aldermen unanimously voted down the liquor license changes. 

The proposed change in licensing would have meant a decrease in the existing one, then granting new one—both standard procedure in a case like this, according to Mayor Hank Kuspa. 

It's unclear why aldermen decided against the change. Phone calls to Community Development Director Adam Dotson went unreturned. 

Following the denial of the liquor license decrease, two other related items were struck from the agenda. The first, an increase in the number of liquor licenses that would be need should the store change ownership. The second, was for a special use permit to change the store to a liquor store only.

“Because we did not vacate the old license, item D under administration will be pulled,” Kuspa said following the failure of the first motion.

Oak Forest Planning and Zoning Commission previously moved to approve the special use permit for the liquor store at its May 3 meeting, steering the matter into the city council's consideration. 


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Tom S December 17, 2012 at 01:07 PM
"It's unclear why aldermen decided against the change." The number of police calls may clear things up.
Janice Most December 17, 2012 at 04:09 PM
The real question is why did 5 aldermen vote to allow a teen club whose owner was arrested in Florida for outstanding warrants including a durg charge? This is where you want your teenager to go? An upscale establishment would not have an owner who is on a mug shot website.
Dm December 17, 2012 at 04:17 PM
I think another teen dance club should go into that old "Shop N' Rob store. Hack, there should be a teen dance club in every neighborhood of Oak Forest. Oak Forest then could be know for being the "Teen Club capital of the Southside" instand of the "town people drive though to get to Orland or Tinley"
Michael M. December 17, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Here is a link to his arrest. I do not know how it was adjudicated. I see nothing about drug charges. Just be cause he was arrested does not mean he was guilty of a crime. We need more information. http://mugshots.com/US-Counties/Florida/Charlotte-County-FL/James-Edwin-Marcanio.7203866/details/
Michael M. December 17, 2012 at 04:46 PM
This site does have info about a drug charge http://www.bustedmugshots.com/illinois/midlothian/james-edwin-marcanio/60604811?utm_expid=43662848-29&utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bustedmugshots.com%2Fillinois%2Fmidlothian
Michael M. December 17, 2012 at 05:03 PM
I do not believe that we just say no to a business because of past mistakes or perceived past mistakes. But, I do think that the city should inquire about the arrests and give Mr. Marcanio the chance to explain. I believe in second chances.
EMM December 17, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Absolutely, I think a drug abuser is a great person to run a business that caters to teens. What a great roll model! Mostly I agree with your posts MIchael M. and maybe if this business didn't have anything to do with teens I might agree with you now. This is a huge red flag, they should really take a second look at this. I have no children so I have no worries but I honestly feel that this is going to be a big problem and nothing good will come of it. I hope I'm wrong.
Michael M. December 17, 2012 at 05:31 PM
I did say that the city should inquire about the arrests. I think it is a red flag also. All I am saying is that we do not know the details. So let's find out the details and go from there. Also, people make mistakes and they do try to turn their lives around. So let's investigate and make a decision after we have the facts.
Darnell December 17, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Tired of the B.S. December 17, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Just as I would not want an alleged child molester running a daycare or somebody with a DUI driving a school bus, I would not want somebody accused of a drug crime running a "nightclub" for teens. To me, that is just common sense.
Racing025 December 18, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Hey Patch any way you can actually read the comments and link and ask the Alderman about the drug charges and if they knew about them when they voted in favor of the business? Feel free to chime in also Aldermen, I know some of you actually look at the comments...
Racing025 December 18, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Great point....It seems like our city government is lacking common sense..
Janice Most December 18, 2012 at 03:54 PM
I agree everyone deserves a second chance but this a teen club is not the appropriate place to start over. I hope someone on the council will do the right thing and ask that a business license be turned down.
Michael M. December 19, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Any update on the arrest record or the adjudication?
Michael M. December 19, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Lauren, I have a serious question that I would really like answered. When the Patch sees a post from someone with possible information about the subject matter, do you guys investigate the info? I know I would like to see a confirmation or denial of the info. If you do not check the info, why not?


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