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Keg granted new hearing on Evanston license revocation

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The Illinois Liquor Control Commission has ordered the City of Evanston to hold a new hearing on its decision to revoke The Keg's liquor license.

Acting on an appeal by the bar's owner, the state commission this week directed the local liquor control commissioner, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, to "present formal charges and evidence supporting those charges" at the new hearing while giving the bar's owner "the opportunity to present a formal defense."

Tisdahl revoked the bar's license Jan. 30, after a hearing Jan. 27 at which city officials presented a stack of phony ID cards police had confiscated during a raid at the bar Jan. 6.

The Keg has been operating under a stay of the city's closure order issued by the state liquor board after the bar filed its appeal in March.

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