ALGONQUIN – Seven Algonquin businesses were fined for selling alcohol to minors, Algonquin Police Chief John Bucci said.
The compliance checks were conducted using legal under-21 Illinois licenses, Bucci said.
“We periodically do checks to all of our liquor-license holders,” Algonquin Village President and Liquor Commissioner John Schmitt said. “This is the first time we’ve had this quantity of violations.”
Schmitt said each business was fined $1,000 plus court costs, and has to make sure that employees who sell liquor attend a Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training program through the Algonquin Police Department.
All of the businesses that came before Algonquin’s Liquor Control Commission for the hearing Tuesday were first-time offenders, Schmitt said.
The businesses included Armanetti Wine and Liquor, 3989 W. Algonquin Road; Bangkok Thai and Sushi, 4077 W. Algonquin Road; Georgia’s Restaurant and Pancake House, 1470 S. Randall Road; Fradillio’s Hot Dogs, 2321 W. Algonquin Road; Lumes Pancake House, 2561 County Line Road; Walgreens, 1301 E. Algonquin Road; and WOOW Japanese Restaurant, 780 S. Randall Road, according to village documents.
Bucci said the checks all were from Dec. 19. The department conducts at least two compliance checks a year, and it completed four in 2016, he said.
It’s hard to single out a reason why this check had a high number of violators, Bucci said, but it’s something the village takes seriously. The majority of individuals who sold to an underage person were BASSET-trained, he said.
“We’re trying to educate people to focus and take that time and really make sure that the age is appropriate,” Bucci said. “ … We hope that everyone just steps up their carding habits and ensures they’re selling to of-age individuals.”