Bloomington IL Commercial Real Estate Aback, Businesses In the Downtown Used As Open Urinals





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Published on May 16, 2012

Bar patrons crossing the streets from Fat Jacks Bar go out of their way to cross the street and urinate on a downtown Bloomington business during bar hours and not on a very crowded night. Appears to be very much intentional, especially when you know that several noise complaints had been made against the bar during that time period, because the bar was not closing its windows at midnight as agreed to with the City of Bloomington. And on many nights the Bloomington Police were called when they did not close their windows, only to have the police not even bother to respond to the complaints. The bar seemed to know this and it was an ongoing "game" with them for many weeks as they did not close their windows until 20 to 30 minutes after midnight or not at all. This was well documented in written complaints to the City of Bloomington. Who did very little if nothing. And on many occasions the Police department refused to enforce the agreement on weekends. Until an attorney was brought into the picture. And even then, annually this same game would rear it ugly head.

In the early days the police used to just outright lie to citizens who complained about the noise situation in the downtown. (There are several witnesses who testify to this, as they still are in the downtown) The "Disorderly Houses law" encompasses households and businesses alike that can be cited if causing a distrubance for "any reason". Yet, police said there "were no noise ordinances", "no laws" that allowed them to force the bars to close their windows or turn down the music during band live performances or crowded and loud music from their sound systems. This went on for years. Formal complaints to the Mayor and City Council yielded nothing until legal representation was brought in. Then the agreement came about. Because you were in the downtown, somehow your civil rights do not exist, you do not have the same rights as citizens in the suburbs have. A double standard and equal protection under the law does not exist. That is downtown Bloomington, the rights of the downtown bars are sacrosanct.

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