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  ILCC Industry Education Division

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State meets with local officials, licensees to ensure proper alcohol sales, service

DATE: June 17, 2010
CONTACT: Ted Penesis (
ted.penesis@illinois.gov)

DANVILLE—With school ending, and families preparing for a variety of fun outdoor activities, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) met today with eastern Illinois municipal officials and liquor establishment employees to ensure this outdoor fun does not end in tragedy.

A major topic of discussion was how communities and businesses can enact Beverage Alcohol Seller/Server Education and Training (BASSET) for their employees. Serving as co-host for these two meetings at the David S. Palmer Arena was the City of Danville.

“These meetings are designed to assist eastern Illinois communities in developing their own BASSET ordinances, and encourage businesses to mandate training for all their employees,” says Illinois Department of Revenue Tax Enforcement Administrator John Chambers, who oversees the ILCC special agents. “Through proper alcohol sales and service, we can reduce alcohol-related deaths and injuries over the upcoming Fourth of July holiday weekend.”

Adds ILCC Education Manager Ted Penesis: “Unless it is mandated by their corporate offices or the local liquor commission, most business owners will not take that important first step to train their workers. Fortunately, more and more local jurisdications and corporations have stepped up, and realize seller/server training is a cheap and effective way to protect their community from the consequences of illegal alcohol use.”

Also sharing ideas on how to prevent underage drinking and alcohol-related tragedies were administrators from the Illinois State Police, Illinois Secretary of State’s Office, Illinois Department of Transportation Division of Traffic Safety, local law enforcement officials, and liquor industry representatives (see www.DontBeSorry.org/EastRegionalAgenda.pdf for the meeting agenda).

Hosted by the ILCC’s Industry Education Division, this was the seventh in a series of informational meetings held throughout the state. The next regional summit will be held July 27 for licensees and local officials in south/southwest suburban Chicago. To learn more about the ILCC's educational programs—and to order FREE materials for your business—please click on the Industry Education Division link.



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