The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

November 17, 2012

Businesses cited for violating liquor laws


SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Liquor Control Commission conducted compliance checks around the state last month and visited 204 businesses licensed to sell liquor.

The agency cited 62 licensees for violations of liquor control laws. Seventy percent of the licensees visited complied with Illinois liquor laws and refused to serve underage customers.

In Vermilion County, the commission and Illinois State Police District 10 conducted underage alcohol checks. Of the 36 licensees checked, six sold alcohol to Liquor Control Commission underage participants. Those licensees were:

Lincoln Lanes, 107 Harrison; I&I State Line Tavern, 4015 E. Main; Main Street Bar & Grill, 509 E. Main; and Turtle Run Golf, 332 Liberty, all in Danville; and Bob’s Pump House, 1102 N. Main St., and Pearson Bros. Liquors, 1706 N. Main, both in Georgetown.

This report is a result of ongoing undercover and cooperative law enforcement operations conducted by Illinois Liquor Control Commission agents and local law enforcement officials and volunteers from high schools and colleges.

The teams randomly visit liquor stores, restaurants and bars in communities around the state to check for ongoing compliance with state laws mandating that no liquor is sold to minors younger than age 21.

Agents also work with local and state law enforcement agents to focus on communities with a high incidence of underage liquor sales.