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Crime & Courts

Four businesses caught in August alcohol sting

NORTH AURORA – Four North Aurora establishments were caught last month selling alcohol to minors by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission.

Oak Street Restaurant, 945 Oak St.; 7-Eleven, 2 S. Lincolnway St.; Restaurant Tecalitlan, 200 E. Butterfield Road; and Jay’s Wine & Liquors, 186 E. Butterfield Road were charged in the Aug. 14 compliance check conducted by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission and the Secretary of State Police.

“We take this very seriously,” said Susan Hofer, an Illinois Liquor Control Commission spokeswoman. “Underage drinking tends to lead to serious accidents, both to the people who are driving and the people who get in their way.”

Those establishments cited in the compliance check face fines or possible other punishment by the commission. North Aurora Village President Dale Berman said he was disappointed by the results of the compliance check.

“I sent a letter to all our liquor license holders that this will not be tolerated,” Berman said. “I won’t accept it. It is very simple to card people. There’s no reason for what happened. They have to card everybody. They have too much to lose.”

Agents from the Illinois Liquor Control Commission team up with local law enforcement officials and volunteers from high schools and colleges to randomly visit liquor stores, restaurants and bars around the state to make sure no alcohol is sold to people under 21.

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