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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 14, 2011

Liquor Control Commission January Underage Compliance Report

SPRINGFIELD – In January the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) conducted compliance checks around the state and visited 125 businesses licensed to sell liquor.  They cited 21 licensees for violations of liquor control laws.  Eighty-three 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.  In their sweeps during the fall, after the winter break and before the end of the school year, ILCC agents partner with local law enforcement agents for Operation Back to School.  Many of the enforcement sweeps in January were part of this initiative. 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.

Champaign – On January 27, 2011, an ILCC Special Agent assisted by the Champaign Police Department conducted an Underage Compliance Check of 15 businesses in Champaign. Two of the targeted business failed.  The licensees that failed were:

• Ko Fusion, 1 Main, Champaign
• The Clybourne,708 S. 6th St., Champaign

DeKalb – On January 26th, 2011 Special Agents from the ILCC and the DeKalb Police Department conducted underage alcohol compliance checks in DeKalb. This was in conjunction with the Back to School Operation plan. There were a total of 15 licensees checked and one sold alcohol to ILCC underage participants. That licensee was:

• Molly’s Pub & Bottle Store, 1022 W. Hillcrest Dr., DeKalb

Edwardsville – On January 27, 2011, an ILCC Special Agent assisted by ISP District 11 conducted an Underage Compliance Check at 14 businesses in Edwardsville.   One of the targeted businesses failed.  The licensee that failed was:

• Bull & Bear Grill & Bar, 1071 S. 157, Edwardsville

Jackson County – On January 27, 2011, an ILCC Special Agent assisted by ISP District 13 conducted an Underage Compliance Check at 15 businesses in Carbondale and Murphysboro.  Four of the targeted businesses failed.  The licensees that failed were:

• Gatsby’s II, 610 South Illinois, Carbondale
• Tequila’s Mexican Restaurant #6, 100 N. Glenview Drive, Carbondale
• Marathon, 1501 Walnut Ave., Murphysboro
• B & W Lounge   12 North 13th Street, Murphysboro

Kankakee County – On January 27th, 2011 Special Agents of the ILCC and ISP District # 21 conducted alcohol underage compliance checks in Kankakee County. This was in conjunction with the Operation Back to School plan. Of the nine licensees checked two sold alcohol to ILCC underage participants. Those licensees were:

• Applebee’s, 1040 N. Kinzie, Bradley
• Vito’s Pub, 1887 Armour Rd., Bourbonnais

McDonough County – On January 27th, 2011 Special Agents from the ILCC and ISP District # 14 conducted underage alcohol compliance checks in McDonough County. This was in conjunction with the Operation Back to School plan. Of the 14 licensees checked two sold alcohol to the ILCC underage participants. Those licensees were:

• Casey Retail Company, 155 W. Jackson, Macomb
• Minit Stop Convenient Mart, 400 E. Washington, Blandinville

Moultrie County – On January 27th, 2011 Special Agents of the ILCC and ISP District # 10 conducted underage alcohol compliance checks in Moultrie County. Of the fifteen licensees checked, one sold alcohol to ILCC underage participants. That licensee was:

• Shamrock Pub, Old RT # 121, Dalton City

Urbana – On January 19, 2011, an ILCC Special Agent assisted by two Urbana Police Officers conducted an Underage Compliance Check at 14 businesses in Urbana. Four of the targeted businesses failed.  Those licensees were:

• Red Star Liquors 114 S. Race St, Urbana
• Miko Restaurant, 407 W. University, Urbana
• Cocina Real Mexican Restaurant, 1106 W. University, Urbana
• Circle K #94, 1821 S. Philo Rd., Urbana

Winnebago County – On January 21st, 2011 LCC Special Agents and the Illinois State Police District 16 conducted underage alcohol compliance checks in the Rockford area.  This was part of Operation Back to School.  There were 14 licensees checked and four sold alcohol to LCC underage participants. Those licensees that sold to the underage participants were:

• Springfield Petroleum, 453 N. Springfield, Rockford
• Laredo, 1634 S. Main St., Rockford
• B.P. Gas Station, 4477 Linden Rd., Rockford
• Alpine Marathon, 3299 S. Alpine St., Rockford

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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