City rules say council members can't be involved with the making, sale or distribution of alcohol in Mattoon. That is because it could cause a conflict of interest when voting on liquor related issues.
Owen says he wasn't aware of the law when he put in his nomination last month. What he was aware of was state law. The Illinois Liquor Act say a council member can have a license if they don't vote on alcohol related issues.
Owen says he talked to the city attorney today about the law. He thinks it is illegal because it is more restrictive than state law. Our calls to the city attorney were not returned.
Owen is one of ten people running for city council. Four seats are open. He is determined to run and says he'll deal with the problem if he's elected.