ALGONQUIN – Nine Algonquin businesses were fined after selling alcohol to minors – a higher number of violations than usual, Algonquin Police Chief John Bucci said.
This was the first compliance check the department has held this year where legal under 21 licenses are used at local businesses that sell alcohol, Bucci said.
"The goal is just compliance, and educating the businesses to be safe," Bucci said.
First time offenders included Famous Dave’s, 1521 S. Randall Road; El Fuego Tacos and Burritos, 132 S. Randall Road; Mobil Gas, 2390 E. Algonquin Road; Marathon Gas, 2150 E. Algonquin Road; and BP, 1469 S. Randall Road, Bucci said.
First time offenders received a $1,000 fine, were ordered to pay court and administration fees and are required to have employees go through Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training program with Algonquin police, Bucci said.
Walgreens, 1301 E. Algonquin Road, and Armanetti Wine and Liquor, 3989 W. Algonquin Road, were second time offenders, Bucci said. They were both fined $3,000, ordered to pay court and administration fees, required to have employees go through BASSET training and will have their liquor licenses suspended for four days, Bucci said.
Meijer Gas Station, 490 S. Randall Road, and Chipotle Mexican Grill, 412 S. Randall Road, were also second time offenders, Bucci said. They received the same penalties as Walgreens and Armanetti Wine and Liquor, except their fine was $2,000, Bucci said.
Walgreens and Armanetti Wine and Liquor had just been before the liquor commission at its last hearing, which is why the commission decided to give them a higher fine, Bucci said.
A total of seven businesses were fined at the liquor hearing held in February for the compliance checks completed in December. Bucci said he can’t point to a reason why there have been more violations than normal.
Continuing education is how the department works to help lower the violations, Bucci said.
The department recently adopted the LC-13 Pilot Program. Through the program, the department partners with the Illinois Department of Revenue’s Liquor Control Commission to conduct more comprehensive liquor compliance checks, Bucci said.
The most recent checks took place on March 30, Bucci said, and were brought before the Algonquin Liquor Control Commission on April 18.