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Agency cooperation key to compliance check operation

DATE: MAY 9, 2005
CONTACT: Ted Penesis (tpenesis@revenue.state.il.us)

Through the coordinated efforts of a variety of state, county, and local law enforcement officials, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) found 192 violations during its May 5-7, 2005 sweep of 246 liquor establishments in St. Clair, Clinton, and Madison Counties.

“The success of this operation was dependent upon the assistance and cooperation of all participating agencies,” says Tax Enforcement Administrator August Yount of the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR). “They went above and beyond what was required. By working together as a unified team, we achieved a higher level of compliance in a greater number of establishments.”

A total of 46 personnel from the ILCC, IDOR’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), Illinois State Police, Belleville Police Department, St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department, and East St. Louis Police Department participated in the compliance checks. This was the second time the ILCC coordinated a sweep of liquor licensees in the area, with the first conducted in October 2004.

During this round, violations decreased dramatically, which, according to ILCC Special Agent Randal Mendenhall may be due, in part, to the year-round efforts conducted by Liquor Control agents in the area.

“Since May of 2004, we have made a concerted effort to increase inspections,” notes Mendenhall, who coordinated both operations. “We are starting to see this hard work pay off with increased compliance by our licensees.”

The latest operation featured eight inspection teams consisting of at least one ILCC agent, one BCI agent, and one state or local sworn officer. Additionally, two back-up “safe” teams were available to replace sworn personnel during criminal arrests.

Each of the teams conducted a detailed inspection of the premises during their visit. For example, Liquor Control agents checked to ensure compliance with the state’s Liquor Control Act, BCI agents inspected video games and cigarette packages for state seals, and sworn officers enforced criminal laws such as checking ID’s for underage consumption.

 


 

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