New ordinance could put restrictions on party busses in Chicago

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CHICAGO -- There could be a crackdown on party buses coming to Chicago. A new proposed ordinance will level stiff fines against anyone who gets violent or unruly.

Alderman Emma Mitts is putting her full support behind the a proposed ordinance that just passed the licensing committee she heads.

It essentially takes aim at party buses whose occupants are out of control, drunk and dangerous.

A recent incident at a River North McDonald's involved two party buses that were packed to capacity.  The intoxicated partiers were side by side taunting and swearing at each other.  A person pulled out a gun and fired a shot. Police arrived on the scene and no one was hurt.

If the ordinance passes the full council it would hold the driver and party bus owner responsible for the actions of the riders. Among other things, it would require them to keep a log of just who is on the bus.

Alderman Mitts believes it will pass the full council easily.

The vote is scheduled for Wednesday.

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