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Anheuser-Busch to keep stake in beer distributor

Anheuser-Busch Cos. can retain its minority ownership stake in one of Chicago’s largest beer distributors, Illinois liquor regulators ruled Wednesday, allowing the beer maker to have some control over its sales.

The decision comes in a long-running standoff between Busch and the Illinois Liquor ControlCommission over the state’s three-tier system of selling alcohol, in which separate companies make the product, ship it and sell it to consumers.