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'BASSET hunt' in the dog days of summer

300 South/Southwest Suburban Chicago local officials and licensees learn about proper alcohol sales, service

DATE: July 27, 2010
CONTACT: Ted Penesis

ORLAND PARK—To reduce the possibility of alcohol-related deaths and injuries during the dog days of summer, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) met with three hundred municipal officials and liquor establishment employees in Chicagoland’s south/southwest suburbs today to discuss proper alcohol sales and service.

The two informational sessions were co-hosted by the Village of Orland Park and the Southwest Conference of Mayors. During the meetings, one topic in particular was discussed in detail: How communities and businesses can encourage Beverage Alcohol Seller/Server Education and Training (BASSET) for employees of establishments licensed to sell liquor (see www.state.il.us/LCC/basset for more program information and available BASSET classes in your area).

“It is gratifying to see such a large turnout at these meetings,” says ILCC BASSET Program Manager Lee Roupas, who presented at both sessions. “By taking this important first step, businesses and community representatives from throughout the south/southwest suburban region have shown a strong commitment toward ensuring responsible alcohol service.”

Adds fellow presenter, ILCC Legal Counsel Ivan Fernandez: “Those in attendance should be commended for taking a pro-active approach, and not waiting for a tragedy to occur. We hope attendees learned today that proper alcohol sales and service can go a long way toward reducing the consequences associated with over-consumption and underage drinking.”

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

Hosted by the ILCC’s Industry Education Division, this was the eighth in a series of informational meetings held throughout the state. To learn more about the ILCC's educational programs—and to order FREE materials for your business—please visit www.state.il.us/LCC.

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