Adam Ross’s Death Brings Petition for the Nora Bar to Close Early

Freeport, Illinois – Freeport residents are in shock and disbelief in light of yesterday’s news that one of their own — one of the truly good ones of their community, Adam Ross passed away suddenly and way too soon.

The community mourns the loss of Adam as a friend, as a brother and as their family. The loss is being felt everywhere within the county and beyond.

Some feel though, as can be the case in other tragic passings such as Adam’s, that Adam’s death could have been prevented.

If you’ve lived in the area for a time, odds are you are aware of Nora, Illinois. Nora is a very small village in Jo Daviess County, Illinois.

As of the census of 2000, there were 118 people, 53 households, and 31 families residing in the village.

Despite its size, for decades and decades Nora has had the reputation as being the final drinking destination after all other bars in the area close. It is something well known among the locals.

While all other area bars and liquor establishments close at 1:00 a.m., on Friday’s and Saturday nights the bar in Nora, quaintly called the Nora Bar is open until 4:00 a.m. Some believe these additional hours cause some to travel on the road at a time that perhaps they shouldn’t be. While personal responsibility weighs in, the argument is that alcohol impairs judgment.

Adam Ross lost his life on his way to the Nora Bar.

As a result a petition has been started that asks community members if they feel the Nora Bar should close like every other bar in the area which is 1:00 a.m.

The petition states; “We recently lost someone near and dear to Freeport. His name was Adam Ross and he recently lost his life going to Nora Bar“.

He is one of few who did or almost did lose their lives coming to/from Nora. We would like to shut down Nora at a decent hour because how many more lives have to be lost before they get shut down? How many more lives will have to almost be lost before they wake up? The community wants to have them close like every other bar in the area which is 1:00 a.m..

Similarly the area faced the same issue of opportunistic drinking prior to 1985 when Wisconsin’s drinking age was just 19.

With the border of Wisconsin so close to Freeport and Stephenson county, many 18-20 year olds made the half hour trip to Monroe, Wisconsin to purchase alcohol as they couldn’t purchase here it in Illinois.  Meeting in special session at the call of the governor at the time, the legislature enacted the 1985 Wisconsin Act 337, which raised the drinking age to 21. The roads however to Monroe, Wisconsin had already claimed the lives of many young people specifically due to alcohol prior.

In a statement issued by the Nora Bar on November 25, 2016, they stated, “As long time owners of the Nora bar, we are saddened by the loss of Adam Ross. Over years of owning the bar we have became good/close friends with Adam. I am sure with everyone blaming us for this tragedy Adam would not be happy. And for the record Adam was not in Nora the night of his accident“.

We’d like to know what you think? Should Nora Bar close at the same time other bars in the area close?

If you would like to view the petition, it can be found at this link here.

View The Petition

A Go Fund me page has been setup to help with Adam’s funeral costs. Please donate.



19 thoughts on “Adam Ross’s Death Brings Petition for the Nora Bar to Close Early

  • November 26, 2016 at 10:33 am

    First let me say I’m very sorry to his family and friends for their loss. With that being said I think there needs to be personal accountability here. He made his own choices, the first being to drink beyond a limit that he was still able to make responsible decisions. A quick looking him up shows that, no matter how nice of a person he was, he had a history of making poor choices, especially when it comes to drinking and traffic matters. How does this equate to closing down an establishment that he wasn’t even at? I realise that grief makes people react severely, but we still need to use our heads folks.

    • November 26, 2016 at 9:55 pm

      You can keep your negative comments to yourself. Please have some respect for my family!!!

      • November 27, 2016 at 9:00 am

        My comments are not negative, they’re honest and realistic. I’m very sorry for your families loss. I hope very much you and your family concentrate on celebrating his life, not hurting innocent people because of his tragedy.

  • November 26, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    I agree. We control our own fate. People have the right to make poor choices. Has anyone considered running shuttles to/from Nora?

  • November 26, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    Why not shut down Tiger Whip Road? Why not shut down the establishment he started drinking at? Personal choices are just that…choices…and this one cost his life. I feel horrible for his family and friends. Godspeed to all in mourning.

  • November 26, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    The bar did not cause this it’s a choice to drink and drive .sorry for the loss to family and friends of ross

  • November 26, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    while personal accountability is absolutely necessary to take into consideration, i have to ask… why is the Nora Bar open until 4am? is there that much money to be made? how much money is worth someone’s life?
    if the bar was not open at that hour… NO ONE WOULD BE DRIVING TO IT TO DRINK BETWEEN 1AM and 4AM. FACT!
    i can’t imagine that what the owners make in revenue, even in the whole time it’s been in operation is worth more than ONE human life.

    • November 27, 2016 at 9:08 am

      Not fact. Please do some research before you state “facts”. And I hate to tell you this but if they aren’t driving to Nora, they’re driving home, to another bar, to a friend’s house… People in that condition make poor choices. Without that revenue the bar would be able to stay open…BARELY. But honestly, you’re right, people dying BECAUSE OF THAT BAR wouldn’t be worth it, even to the owners everyone wants to bash and blame. But his death, no death, can be blamed on them because of people who make bad decisions and put themselves in danger. There are as many (or more) deaths at 1am from drunk driving. Folks are grasping at straws to blame someone for a terrible tragedy.

  • November 26, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    A tragic accident has taken a life to soon. Was anybody on that road with him? Does anybody know if an animal could have ran out in the road and he lost control? Nobody knows for sure. With that being said if you blame the place of business and want to petition then please continue with casinos where ppl are tempted and spend their life savings and end up committing sucicide. Please do the same to 24 hr stores where ppl are tempted and overspend and end up on the streets because they can’t pay rent. The stores that sell liquor and do not limit it to 1 bottle. Everyone has a choice and nobody knows what happened that night except that his family and friends lost an important person to them. Let everyone grieve without his character being called into question and without trying to take choices away from pple.

    • November 27, 2016 at 9:13 am

      I’m certainly do not mean to call his character into question. As I understand it he was a pretty decent guy! He made a mistake that cost him the long, precious life he had left and now, in my opinion, the people doing this are leaving his name with this bad mess attached to it. It’s disrespectful and shameful really. But most of all it’s sad.

  • November 26, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    So, we are supposed to sign a petition to close a bar earlier that closes at 4am….to save lives? How about people don’t think about driving past a certain get those extra beers, or shots…or female. Crazy thought I guess. I had a family member die from a drunk driver in ’92 in broad daylight. I’m glad no one else was murdered in this case.

  • November 27, 2016 at 12:49 am

    If alchohol were banned and if automobiles were banned this could have all been prevented also. Where are the petitions to get rid of either of those? Where does the finger pointing end? He made a choice that several of us have also made in our pasts but this night it was the wrong choice and ended tragically. It could have also happened in the middle of the day with him going to any of the several bars around but it boils down to he made the choice to drive drunk and paid the ultimate price. I do feel terrible and pray for comfort for his friends and family and loved ones but pointing their finger at Nora bar for this is just plain wrong.

    • November 27, 2016 at 9:16 am

      Exactly. It could have happened sober as well. If he hadn’t drank but was going there would people still be blaming the bar?

  • November 27, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    I have been to Nora. I don’t know the person who passed, but even the article said he was on his way to Nora, not that Nora served him. I believe this should fall under the category of personal responsibility. You can’t fault a bar (or anybody else) for something that didn’t happen on their premises. Or should YOU be personally responsible the next time someone gets in an accident on the way to YOUR house? Should we close the casinos at Dubuque down because people gamble?. How about just closing 20 down since that’s the road everyone drives from both? And we all know there’s been plenty of accidents from/there.

    While I do sympathize with your loss, why is it Nora’s fault? Sometimes people make bad mistakes. As hard as it might be, you can’t blame someplace/body else for it. But I am truly sorry for your loss.

  • November 27, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Nora holds no responsibility for his death. He did not consume one alcoholic beverage at Nora. So why not hold the last bar responsible? The bartenders know the cut off point.. Or should. I’m one n I do. The money from a couple drinks is not worth a life(s). Yes his decision took his life but most of those who say that are ignorant to the fact that once impaired to a certain degree we will not be making conscious decisions of our own accord anymore. Yes he could have made the decision not to drive that night at all if he was drinking..but be honest 3/4 of us have done/do it. What I’m saying is there’s so many factors but none of them really add up to lay blame on one person/business.

  • November 29, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    I just have a question when it comes to this. There is so much unknown. I did not personally know Adam Ross. I feel bad for anyone that has to go through something like this. It’s a terrible tragedy. But in the news it says the accident was reported at 1:30 pm. That’s in the afternoon??? Did they have toxicology reports back stating he was drinking/drunk? Do we know if he was even drinking or heading to or coming from Nora for sure? Where is all the information coming from that he was heading to Nora or coming from? I feel like Adam and his family are getting an injustice done to them as the rumors are flying that he was drunk driving, drinking and/or coming from Nora to begin with. All I’ve gotten from the papers is that it’s under investigation. Who said he was drunk and it was from Nora? The location of the accident? Like I said, I don’t know him or his family but do feel horrible for what they must be going through especially if all the accusations of his condition are incorrect and people are sharing it all over a public access website.

  • November 30, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    I wish him well as he is now in the afterlife. God bless the loved ones he leaves behind.

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