News Release

For Immediate Release
August 28, 2002
CONTACT: Marie O'Brien
Director, Under 21 Program
Office: (312) 814-0706

Illinois Liquor Control Commission Kicks Off Project 21

A Crackdown on Alcohol Sales to Minors


The Illinois Liquor Control Commission’s Under 21 Program in conjunction with the Illinois State Police, the ILCC’s Beverage Alcohol Sellers Servers Education and Training (B.A.S.S.E.T.) program, local police departments and local Liquor Commissioners in Illinois’ largest towns, will participate in Project 21, a comprehensive underage alcohol prevention campaign.  The program will sponsor seminars for liquor licensees on state and local laws regarding underage alcohol sales. Each licensee will receive brochures, posters, signage and buttons that send a message to minors that they will not be served in their establishments.


A Project 21 seminar has been scheduled for Moline for September 5 at 2:00pm at the Mark, 1201 River Drive, Room B, Moline IL.  Mayor Stan Leach will host the program. 


The plan to develop Project 21 came about after the ILCC’s Under 21 Program conducted a survey on the drinking habits of underage college students in Illinois’ largest college towns. We found:

·        65% of underage students reported having at least one alcoholic drink in the past 30 days.

·        Close to 70% say a friend or acquaintance of legal drinking age bought the liquor for them.

·        Nearly 60% said the liquor was provided at a party.    

·        36% of students report using fake ID’s.


The ILCC will use the seminars to explain the state laws regarding sales to minors, how to acquire servers training for employees, dram shop laws and how to prepare for a compliance check.  The Illinois State Police will explain DUI laws and their ACE program.  


The Illinois Liquor Control Commission is the state regulatory agency, which ensures that liquor licensees comply with the provisions of the Liquor Control Act.  The Commission provides industry education programs which focus on enforcement practices, interpretations of Illinois liquor control laws, reduction programs on illegal sales of alcoholic beverages to minors, and licensed training on responsible server and seller practices.  In addition, the ILCC is also designated as the lead agency in developing a strategy for reducing the availability and delivery of tobacco products to minors.










For more information, call (312) 814-0706 or write to the Illinois Liquor Control Commission at 100 . Randolph St., Suite 5-300, Chicago, IL 60601, or visit us on the web at