Gov. Blagojevich expands programs in wake of crash
Inside This Issue that takes five young lives
New wine shipping law
takes effect June 1st . . . . . 2
Lottery is just the ticket. . 3
special event? . . . . . . . . . 4
Trainer-of-the-Quarter . . 6
New licensed BASSET
providers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
national conference . . . . 7
Scrutinize each guest . . . . 7
Tobacco Retailer Kit . . . 7
FREE ILCC materials . . . 8
New winery “direct shipping” license required. See Page 2
“Unofficial” crackdown highlights statewide compliance
ILCC News Volume XXV
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Did you know the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) Investigations Division conducts
compliance check operations using a minor decoy to buy alcohol? Champaign-Urbana
licensees surely are, after a compliance sweep was conducted during the so-called “Unofficial St.
Patrick’s Day” weekend this past March.
Most licensees are aware that special
agents conduct liquor inspections at ILCC-licensed
entities throughout Illinois. Using
laptop computers to ensure standardized
reporting and consistent application of
enforcement, ILCC special agents visit liquor
establishments on a regular basis and respond
to complaints received from the general
public regarding violations.
But what you may not know is that agents
also check for violations above and beyond
Illinois liquor laws by conducting periodic
compliance sweeps throughout the state
in conjunction with other state and
local enforcement agencies. Oftentimes,
depending upon the specific charge, licensees
must immediately close their business.
During these operations, special agents supervise underage purchasers to counter a problem that
consistently ranks near the top of the ILCC’s yearly top ten violation list: Sales to minors. Checks are
designed to test retail sales personnel on their duty to perform proper ID checks in the sale of alcohol.
Many businesses voluntarily send their staff to BASSET training to equip them with the skills
necessary to prevent such an occurrence. If you are interested in enrolling your staff in such training,
please turn to page 6 for more information about this ILCC program.