Chicago Sun-Times columnist Phil Kadner, who was previously with the Daily Southtown, wrote an article about State Rep. Barb Wheeler’s bill to allow teenagers 18 and over to drink alcohol, as long as their parents are present.
That’s the law in Wisconsin, she points out.
He notes that the drinking age in Illinois was lowered from 21 to 18 during the Vietnam War.
Then notes it was raised back to 21.
Too many teens dying in auto accidents.
As I remember, the reason for the age increase was a Federal mandate.
Raise the age limit or stop getting highway money.
Kadner, from the South Suburbs, apparently doesn’t know the McHenry County angle for lowering the drinking age to 18.
Teens were getting killed on the way back from drinking in Wisconsin, where the the drinking age was 18 when Illinois’ was 21.
That’s why I voted to lower the drinking age.