SOUTH HOLLAND | There once was a time in South Holland when businesses of all types were closed on Sunday.
But those restrictions, which dated back to when conservative Dutch Reform churches were a dominant presence in the village, were eased this week by the Village Board, which voted to approve changes in local ordinances to permit businesses that sell food and medicine, along with automotive repair services, to set their own hours on Sundays.
Village Attorney Timothy Lapp said that trustees voted Monday to change local laws, which in recent years prohibited such businesses from opening before 11 a.m. on Sunday.
Now, those businesses will be permitted to determine their own opening time, said Lapp. The measure takes effect immediately.
“This brings us into line with surrounding communities,” Lapp said, adding that the community will benefit from having improved access to groceries and auto repair on Sundays.
“Businesses play a critical role in increasing the value of our homes and improving our quality of life. They are important for moving us progressively forward, to not only maintain, but to continually strengthen the economic vitality of South Holland,” Village President Don De Graff said, in a prepared statement.
“I am very grateful for the businesses that serve the community, and this will further enhance their opportunities to serve our guests and residents,” De Graff said. “I strongly encourage all of our residents to be intentional about patronizing our South Holland businesses.”
According to the Encyclopedia of Chicago, ordinances enacted in 1959 prohibited businesses in the village from being open on Sunday, along with outright bans on liquor sales any day of the week. Legal cases challenging those laws were heard by the Illinois Supreme Court in the early 1990s.