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State, local officials discuss responsible alcohol service in Aurora

DATE: November 20, 2009
CONTACT: Ted Penesis (

AURORA—With the holiday season upon us, Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) administrators met here yesterday with over one hundred local and state officials to present strategies for reducing drunk driving and underage drinking. One topic, in particular, was discussed in detail: the mandating of alcohol service training in their communities.

Among those in attendance were mayors, police chiefs, sheriffs, county board officials, state’s attorneys, and various other municipal officials in Chicago’s far western suburbs. “The Liquor Commission is in a unique position,” says ILCC Education Manager Ted Penesis. “In addition to regulating the Illinois liquor industry, we coordinate a variety of education programs designed to reduce illegal alcohol sales. By hosting this regional meeting, we are able to bring all stakeholders into the discussion.”

Opening the meeting was Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez. “One of the most unpleasant tasks for law enforcement is dealing with the carnage after a drunk driving crash. That’s why what we are doing here today is quite unique, but also necessary; instead of responding to a tragedy, we may actually prevent tragedy.”

Also sharing ideas on how to prevent alcohol-related tragedies were experts from other state agencies, professionals in the prevention field, representatives from the liquor industry, and various local officials in communities where alcohol training is mandated (click on for the complete list of speakers).

“It’s not often the prevention field, liquor industry, and government work together to achieve the same goal,” says Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner. “Judging by the turnout, it appears we have many who feel as I do – we need to explore all avenues to protect our residents from harm.”

This was the fifth in a series of regional informational meetings for Illinois' local officials. Future meetings are currently in the planning stages, and will be conducted throughout the state next year. To learn more about the ILCC's educational programs—and to order FREE materials for your business—please click on Industry Education Division.

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