Teetotalers triumph in golf course booze debate

June 21, 2012

Religious concerns trumped business interests in the debate over whether to allow unincorporated Boone County golf courses to start selling alcohol earlier on Sundays.

The Rockford Register Star reports that a 6-6 vote by the Boone County Board on Wednesday means the courses won't be allowed to begin selling alcoholic beverages at 6 a.m., rather than 11 a.m.

Board Vice Chairman Marshall Newhouse says the northern Illinois community has been working to limit activities that take away from worship on Sunday. He says the country was built on religious liberty, not business.

Board member Terri Glass rejects that. She says the proposed change was designed to keep unincorporated businesses competitive with their incorporated counterparts. And she says board members shouldn't let their personal beliefs dictate their votes.