Tri States Public Radio Staff
Mon August 1, 2005
Retailer Withdraws Liquor License Lawsuit
Macomb, IL – The world's largest retailer is giving up its battle against a small western Illinois town. Wal-Mart is voluntarily withdrawing its lawsuit against Macomb. The retailer filed the suit in an attempt to have a liquor license created for its store on East Jackson Street. The battle began nearly two years ago when Macomb aldermen voted against creating the license. The company petitioned the state for a rehearing but was turned down. Wal-Mart then filed its lawsuit about one year ago, saying the city had no good reason to deny its application. Mayor Mick Wisslead says it's still possible for Wal-Mart to refile its complaint. He says it could also reapply with the city for a liquor license.