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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 9, 2009

Liquor Control Commission Monthly Underage Compliance Report

SPRINGFIELD – In September, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) conducted compliance checks around the state and visited 115 businesses licensed to sell liquor.  They cited 27 licensees for violations of liquor control laws.  Seventy-seven 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 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 focus on 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 – On September 2nd 2009, ILCC Special Agents conducted underage alcohol compliance checks in Champaign and Urbana. The Champaign and Champaign County Sheriff’s Departments assisted with the compliance checks.  There were 13 establishments visited and three licensees were in violation of selling alcohol to ILCC underage participants. The three were:
• Casey General Store # 1648,  2108 E. University, Urbana
• Fire Haus, 708 S. 6th, Champaign
• White Horse Inn, 112 ½  E. Green St. Champaign

Evanston -- On September 9th, 2009, ILCC Special Agents and the Evanston Police Department conducted underage alcohol compliance checks in the Evanston area. Of the 22 licensees checked, four licensees were in violation for selling alcohol to ILCC underage participants. The four were:
• Osco Drugs, 1128 Chicago Ave, Evanston
• Evanston 1st Liquor, 1019 Davis, Evanston
• Prairie Moon, 1765 Sherman, Evanston
• Chili’s, 1765 Maple, Evanston

Hardin, Pope, Johnson and Union Counties – On September 24th, 2009, ILCC Special Agents and the Illinois State Police conducted underage alcohol compliance checks in Hardin, Pope, Johnson and Union Counties. Of the 18 licensees checked seven licensees were in violation for selling alcohol to ILCC underage participants.

The seven were:
• 37 Discount liquors, 5275 1st St., Cypress
• Golconda Food Mart, Monroe & Illinois St., Cypress
• Golconda Gas & Go, 120 N. Adams, Golconda
• E Town Tap, 1 St. St., Elizabethtown
• Casey General Store # 2073, 202 Vienna St.,  Anna
• Short Stop # 1, 5750 State RT 146, Anna
• Citgo 414 E. Vienna St.,  Anna

Jackson County – On September 10th, 2009, ILCC Special Agents and the Illinois State Police conducted underage alcohol compliance checks in Carbondale and Murphysboro (Jackson County). Of the 14 licensees checked, three were in violation of selling alcohol to ILCC underage participants.  One licensee was cited for happy hour violations and an employee at a different establishment was cited for destroying an ILCC participant’s driver’s license. The three licensees cited for selling to underage volunteers were:
• Murphysboro Moto-Mart, 110 S. Williams St. Murphysboro
• Gas Mart, 111 E. Williams, Murphysboro
• Corner Tavern, 2003 Gartside, Murphysboro

Moultrie and Shelby Counties – On September 9th, 2009, ILCC Special Agents and the Illinois State Police conducted underage alcohol compliance checks in Moultrie and Shelby Counties. Of the 13 licensee’s checked five licensees were in violation for selling alcohol to ILCC underage participants. The five licensees were:
• Jerry’s IGA, 431 S. Hamilton, Sullivan
• Nite Al’s, 8 W. Harrison, Sullivan
• Los Potros # 2, 9. West Harrison, Sullivan
• West Main Party Supply House, 1101 W. Main, Shelbyville

Macomb – On September 10th, 2009, ILCC Special Agents and the Illinois State Police conducted underage alcohol compliance checks in the Macomb area. Of the 19 licensees checked three were in violation for selling alcohol to ILCC underage participants. The three were:
• Casey General Store, 1552 W. Jackson, Macomb
• Cenex Oberoi One, 340 N. Lafayette, Macomb
• 2 Doors Down, 255 S. Main, Blandinsville

Peoria – On September 3rd, 2009, ILCC Special Agents, the Peoria Police Department and The Illinois State Police conducted underage alcohol compliance checks in the Peoria area. Of the 16 licensees checked two licensees were in violation of selling alcohol to ILCC underage participants. The two were:
• Dave’s Goodtime Billiards, 2800 W. Farmington Rd. West Peoria
• The Dormitory, 2016 W. Farmington Rd. West Peoria

For information about the disposition of cases resulting from previous compliance checks, please visit the Illinois Liquor Control Commission's website.



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