Stephenson County Town Considers Prohibition Referendum


A Stephenson County town could soon leave the prohibition era.

A referendum that’ll appear on the ballot next week asks if the town of Silver Creek should continue the prohibition of alcohol, which has legally been banned since the 1920s.  A group of residents helped get the referendum on the ballot when talk of building a dirt race track in the town gained traction.  They say without the benefit of alcohol sales, it will never happen.

“Silver Creek, many, many decades ago, put into the township the prohibition of alcohol sales,” said referendum supporter Ron Fluegel.  “We have to have the prohibition of alcohol sales rescinded.”

Proponents of the referendum say their biggest concern is the way the question appears on the ballot.  Due to the wording, a “no” vote would actually restore the sale of alcohol in the township.

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