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Posted on: May 28, 2021

Illinois Liquor Control Commission Upholds City's Revocation of Saluki Bar/Levels Liquor License

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CARBONDALE – The Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) has affirmed the actions of the Carbondale Liquor Control Commission (CLCC), upholding the suspension and revocation of the local liquor license of Austin Knoob d/b/a (doing business as) Saluki Bar/Levels.


On June 2, 2020, Mayor Mike Henry issued Executive Order 2020-04, closing all beer gardens within the City of Carbondale at 10:00 p.m. in an effort to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Austin Knoob d/b/a Saluki Bar/Levels was found to be open and operating after the 10:00 p.m. closing time. 


Following an evidentiary hearing and written arguments, the CLCC found that the Licensee had violated Executive Order 2020-04. As a result, the liquor license was revoked by the CLCC. The ILCC affirmed the CLCC's findings and penalty of revocation. 


On June 4, 2020, the Carbondale Liquor Control Commission Chairperson Mike Henry summarily suspended the Liquor License of Knoob. The ILCC held that the Chairperson acted in a manner provided by law and affirmed the liquor license suspension from June 4, 2020, through June 9, 2020. 


The Licensee remained open in violation of the suspension, prompting the Carbondale City Attorney's Office to file charges against Austin Knoob d/b/a Saluki Bar/Levels for selling liquor without a license.


"The City trusted that going through the due process would lead to a fair and impartial outcome, and that is exactly what happened. We are relieved to have this behind us and hope to move forward in a positive manner," said Mayor Mike Henry. 


The Carbondale City Attorney's Office is pleased with the orders issued by the ILCC and commends the officers with the Carbondale Police Department, who investigated the incidents that resulted in the revocation of the liquor license. 


For more information, contact the City of Carbondale's Public Relations Officer Roni LeForge at 618-549-3262.



 “Carbondale prides itself on providing its visitors, students, businesses and residents with a unique mix of edge and ease. It’s a cultural town, yet free of pretense, embracing the great outdoors as readily as urban sophistication. Here, we are open to new ideas, experiences and cultures, so you are encouraged to both express yourself and be yourself, in all ways. That’s Carbondale…All Ways Open… for family, fun, business, new ideas and a bright tomorrow.” 


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