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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 5, 2009

Liquor Control Commission October Underage Compliance Report

SPRINGFIELD – In October, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) conducted compliance checks around the state and visited 98 businesses licensed to sell liquor.  They cited nine licensees for violations of liquor control laws.  Ninety-one 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 County – On October 1st, 2009 ILCC Special Agents and the Champaign County Sheriff’s Department conducted alcohol underage compliance checks in Champaign County. There were 17 licensees checked with one in violation for selling alcohol to ILCC underage participants. That licensee was:

• Colonial Pantry # 7, IL Route 49 & I-74

Coles and Shelby Counties – On October 28th, 2009 ILCC Special Agents and the Illinois State Police conducted alcohol underage compliance checks in Shelby and Coles Counties. There were
eleven licensees checked with one licensee in violation for selling alcohol to ILCC underage participants. That licensee was:

• Toaster’s Pub, 1408 Broadway, Mattoon

Franklin and Williamson Counties – On October 15th, 2009 ILCC Special Agents and the Illinois State Police conducted alcohol underage compliance checks in Williamson and Franklin Counties. There were 30 licensees checked with four in violation for selling alcohol to ILCC underage participants. Those licensees were:

• Bill’s Liquors, 103 N. Court St., Marion
• Arnold’s, 207 S. Main St., Royalton
• East Main Market, 1006 E. Main St., West Frankfort
• West Frankfort Gas, 1201 W. Main St., West Frankfort

Moultrie and Shelby Counties – On October 21, 2009 ILCC Special Agents and the Illinois State Police conducted alcohol underage compliance checks in Moultrie and Shelby Counties. There were 11 licensees checked with one licensee in violation for selling alcohol to ILCC underage participants. That licensee was:

• Cerk’s Place, 1200 W. Main, Windsor

Urbana – On October 29th, 2009 Special Agents and the Urbana Police Department conducted alcohol underage compliance checks in Urbana. There were 29 licensees checked with two in violation for selling alcohol to ILCC underage participants. Those licensees were:

• County Market #468, 220 N. Broadway, Urbana
• Piccadilly Beverage Shop-MAI, 306 W. Main, Urbana

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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