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Licensees throughout Illinois cited for selling to underage purchasers

DATE: May 10, 2006
CONTACT: Ted Penesis (

The Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) has cited nineteen liquor establishments with selling alcohol to those under the age of 21 years. Their cases will be heard before the Liquor Commissioners on Wednesday, May 31, 2006, 9am in the Willard Ice Building, 101 W. Jefferson, in Springfield, IL. During these hearings, the cited establishments will have an opportunity to show cause as to why their liquor license should not be fined, suspended, or revoked.

The citations were issued as part of an underage compliance check initiative conducted by ILCC special agents throughout the state. "During these operations, underage youths were hired to purchase the alcohol from retailers," says ILCC Executive Director Michael Malone. "Our agents closely supervised these youths during the compliance checks."

"The purpose of this operation is to test for compliance in regards to the sale of alcohol," he continues. "Underage purchasers have implicit instructions of what they can and cannot say and how they dress."

Director Malone hopes the program sends a message to all liquor establishments that selling to underage patrons will not be tolerated. "Liquor retailers need to follow the law," he states. "If they sell to those who are under the minimum age, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission will hold them accountable for their actions."



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