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Batavia mayor outlines punishment against liquor violators

BATAVIA – Mayor Jeff Schielke on Monday outlined what will happen to the 13 businesses that failed a recent liquor enforcement campaign conducted by the Batavia Police Department’s Investigations Division.

Of the 34 businesses checked, 13 failed the check. All servers, bartenders and clerks who served the minors while supervised by police officers were issued citations and will appear in Kane County Branch Court.

“Anybody who is under 21, regardless of how they look, should be checked,” Schielke said during Monday’s Batavia City Council meeting. “We are just making sure we have compliance.”

Schielke, who also serves as the city’s liquor commissioner, said he plans to lodge a small fine on those businesses that failed the check. In addition, the employees that failed the check would have to submit themselves to be retrained.

“We are going to revisit the businesses, and they will be retested,” he said. “Hopefully, all of them will pass this time.”

Batavia Police Chief Gary Schira said “for the most part, a lot of the business owners were embarrassed and took action, including dismissal.”

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