Bloomington Considering Changes To Liquor Commission, Smoking Ordinance | WGLT

Bloomington Considering Changes To Liquor Commission, Smoking Ordinance

Aug 7, 2016

Mayor Tari Renner, also serving as Liquor Commissioner, addresses members of the public.
Credit Michael Hill / WGLT

Bloomington Aldermen will consider changes to ordinances on smoking and the liquor commission tonight. The city council will vote on a ban on electronic cigarette vaping in city-owned facilities where smoking is banned.

Speaking on Sound Ideas in June, Alderman Scott Black said he has zero faith in the State of Illinois' ability to pass a law on vaping.

"I'm not going to hold my breath on that, and we can't wait around on these public health issues for the state to make a move," he added.

Black said Bloomington should take a leadership role on banning vaping.

"This is really an opportunity for the City of Bloomington to show that this is... We don't want it on our properties, and this is the direction of the future and hopefully that other businesses will follow," he said.

Council members will also vote on a change to the Bloomington Liquor Commission, which currently has three out of five members, to give Mayor Tari Renner and one deputy liquor commissioner the authority over liquor control and enforcement in the city.