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Local Government

Two St. Charles establishments fined for liquor violations

ST. CHARLES – Two establishments with a history of liquor license violations must pay fines for breaking the rules again.

In his role as liquor control commissioner, Mayor Don DeWitte found Kane County Rookies, 1545 W. Main St., and Alibi Bar and Grill, 12 N. Third St., in violation during hearings Oct. 15.

Alibi’s fine was $1,000; Rookies’ was $1,500. Both fines are in addition to court costs.

DeWitte said the commission will remain vigilant in its oversight of the bars and restaurants that serve alcohol.

“We will continue strict enforcement of the regulations designed to prohibit patrons from being over-served,” he said. “Violators will be subject to increasing level of fines, suspensions and revocation if necessary.”

Rookies was cited for selling, giving or delivering alcohol to intoxicated persons and harboring or allowing intoxicated persons to loiter on the premises. DeWitte said the citations stemmed from an altercation among three individuals.

Alibi was cited for giving away alcohol for a commercial purpose and advertising free drinks during its grand opening celebration last month.

This was Alibi’s second violation since May – an after-hours occupancy violation – and Rookie’s second violation since December 2011 – selling alcohol to minors, DeWitte said.

Another liquor license holder alerted police to Alibi’s most recent violation – a sign that more establishments are not only taking responsibility for themselves but also for other businesses, DeWitte said.

Last month, a group of liquor license holders presented a plan to self-police themselves in response to DeWitte’s request to reduce hours for bars and restaurants by one hour in an effort to curb overserving.

DeWitte said an update on the tavern association will be provided at the Nov. 5 City Council meeting, which also will include a vote on increased fines for fighting, public intoxication and public urination and defecation.

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