Suburban lawmaker, distillery push law to bypass liquor distributors in Illinois

Bob Susnjara of the Chicago Daily Herald reports:

"On a busy night, a bar across the street from Fred Robinson's small suburban distillery might call asking for a quick delivery of a few extra bottles of whiskey, rum or gin.

State law, however, prohibits Robinson from filling that order.

Instead, Robinson, co-owner of Copper Fiddle Distillery in Lake Zurich, and all other hard liquor manufacturers must go through a distributor to get their products into Illinois bars, restaurants and retailers.

'It could be a week or two before they get restocked over there,' Robinson said.

That doesn't make sense to Robinson, and now a suburban state lawmaker is taking his case to [the state capitol in] Springfield..."

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