ALGONQUIN – Algonquin police are looking to partner with the Illinois Department of Revenue’s Liquor Control Commission to conduct more comprehensive liquor compliance checks, Algonquin Police Chief John Bucci said.
If Algonquin trustees approve the partnership for the LC-13 Pilot Program, training for Algonquin officers could start as soon as next month, Bucci said.
The department already conducts at least two compliance checks a year. In February, seven Algonquin businesses were fined for selling alcohol to minors, which Algonquin Village President John Schmitt said at the time was a high quantity of violations.
“What we’re trying to do is get the businesses to know us, and educate them,” Bucci said. “And we think that the best way to educate them is to learn it ourselves.”
In Algonquin, employees serving liquor must complete the Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training program. Two Algonquin police officers lead the compliance checks, Bucci said, and about 10 other officers assist.
Representatives from the Liquor Control Commission would provide training to Algonquin officers, Bucci said.
He does not yet know the details of what the training would entail, but he said it would be more detailed than what the village does now.
“What we’re doing on the state’s level is we are training the local liquor inspector force to go out and conduct these inspections in partnership with the state,” Liquor Control Commission spokesman Terry Horstman said.
Horstman said the state will reimburse the village $75 for each licensee inspection.
The LC-13 Pilot Program started in 2015 in Naperville, and Algonquin would be the first municipality in McHenry County to adopt the program, Horstman said. Since it is a pilot program, it would expire June 30 and be reassessed at that time, he said.
The Algonquin Village Board is expected to formally approve joining the program at its next meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Ganek Municipal Center, 2200 Harnish Drive, Algonquin.