Lance Jack Resigns
First, I want to offer a tip of the hat to Barton Lorimor at the B(ee)TL(e) Juice blog for his coverage of Jack’s resignation. Check out his post – it has video of Jack’s resignation and of Jack discussing his decision after the meeting.
There are multiple issues here. The Southern Illinoisan article quotes Councilman and would-be mayor Fritzler as saying that he thinks he “would be an accessory to violating state and local law” if he voted to grant the liquor license for Fat Patties while Jack was on the council. It’s not clear that Fritzler’s interpretation is correct.
The Daily Egyptian article has Councilwoman Pohlman favoring a “a hard look at our liquor code,” but her term expires in 2011 and she is not running for reelection. Pohlman was sharply critical of Jack last year, saying he was “not of good character and reputation in the community in which he resides.”
The Illinois Liquor Control Commission overturned the initial denial of the license last year, saying the council was wrong to deny the liquor license to Fat Patties. The council still refused to grant the license.
This subject deserves more thorough treatment than I can offer in this post, so I am going to do some more research and post on this in the future.
What do you think about Lance Jack’s resignation? Comments are welcome.