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Small Beer: With liquor taxes up and incomes down, Illinois drinking habits change

RED SHIFT: Did the recession make drinkers spend more, drowning their sorrows, or spend less, saving their pennies? Neither, really—the big change was decreased beer sales and increased sales of wine and liquor. Here’s how much alcohol Illinois distributors have sold to retailers, bars, and restaurants between 2007 and June 2009, measured in gallons.  Hard … Read more