UPDATE: EM council allows police to prosecute anyone who hosts alcohol party for minors

City ordinance makes it easier to prove guilt

EAST MOLINE, Ill. - East Moline City Council voted unanimously tonight to give the city the authority to prosecute anyone who hosts a party where minors consume drugs or alcohol. 

The new city ordinance goes into effect immediately.

It makes it easier to prove guilt, requiring a ‘preponderance of the evidence’ versus the ‘beyond a reasonable doubt’ burden of proof of a state charge.

Violations of city ordinances can carry a fine up to $750, while fines for state misdemeanors can go up to $2500.

East Moline Police Chief John Reynolds says his department has had to enforce the laws against serving minors at parties only a few times in the last 5-10 years.


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