SPRINGFIELD – In April 2009, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) conducted compliance checks in three communities and visited 46 businesses licensed to sell liquor. They cited 60 licensees for allegedly selling liquor to underage customers. Seventy-eight percent of the licensees visited complied with Illinois liquor laws and refused to serve underage customers.
This report is a result of ongoing undercover and cooperative law enforcement operations conducted by Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) agents and local and state law enforcement officials and volunteers from high schools and colleges. The teams randomly visit liquor stores, restaurants and bars in communities around the state to check for ongoing compliance with state laws mandating that no liquor is sold to minors under the age of 21. ILCC agents also work with local and state law enforcement agents to target communities with a high incidence of underage liquor sales. The Commission issues monthly reports, listing, in alphabetical order, all regions targeted for compliance checks and all locations cited for violations.
Champaign, April 25 – Agents participated in the Campus Tap detail in Champaign with the Champaign Police Department and the Illinois State Police and visited 11 locations licensed to sell liquor in Illinois. Of those, ILCC found six locations selling liquor to minors. Campus Tap targets underage consumption or possession of alcohol. For the first time, ILCC wrote Champaign City Ordinance violations on state charges for Section 5-44. Section (B) No agent of the licensee shall knowingly, recklessly, or negligently allow any person under the age of 21 years to remain on the licensed premise while in the possession of or consuming alcoholic liquor in violation of this chapter.
• Chester Street Bar, 65 Chester Street (6 Counts)
• Fire Haus, 708 S. 6th (16 Counts)
• Kam’s, 618 E. Daniel (10 Counts) (8 Happy Hour violations)
• Murphy’s Pub, 604 E. Green (3 Counts)
• Station 211, 211 E. Green (8 Counts)
• Tumble Inn, 302 S. Neil (1 Count)
Christian County, April 2 – Agents targeted 17 locations with Illinois State Police and sales were made to underage drinkers at two locations.
• Route Mart, 120 W. Park, Taylorville
• Strokers Tavern Inc. , 105 W. Washington, Edinberg
Kane County, April 3 – Agents targeted 18 locations with Kane County Sheriff’s Police and sales were made to underage customers at two locations:
• Old Stark's Tavern, 43W478 Rt. 72, Hampshire
• The Hideaway Lounge, 35W337 Riverside Dr., St. Charles
For information about the disposition of cases resulting from previous compliance checks, please visit the Illinois Liquor Control Commission's website.