RIVERSIDE – The Riverside Police Department received a $1,100 grant from the Illinois Liquor Control Commission to enforce minimum-age tobacco laws.
The commission awards $1 million in annual grants to municipalities willing to implement its Tobacco Enforcement Program. Participating communities educate retailers and provide signage from the commission about minimum-age tobacco laws, along with training guides for store personnel.
In addition, police conduct three complacence checks at each tobacco retailer. Retailers in the program average a 90-percent compliance rate. Illinois is ranked No. 7 nationally in tobacco retailer compliance rates.
To purchase tobacco products, Illinois residents must be 18 or older.