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Bars closing earlier due to tougher DUI laws

At the stroke of midnight, John Ebener will deliver the New Year’s toast at the 9th Street Pub in La Salle and then he’ll lay down the law: Nobody who’s been imbibing is to get behind the wheel.


For the third straight year, Ebener will throw a New Year’s bash that includes free rides home, with him or a hired driver taking the wheel. Ebener has owned the pub for decades and had never offered car service as a special to reel in patrons. Now, he has to.

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