Three retail establishments in north, central, and south Evanston have been ticketed for selling cigarettes to underage minors in a crackdown by the Evanston Police Department.

In north Evanston, the 7-Eleven store at Central Street and Ewing Avenue; in central Evanston the Spex Mart Inc. at Dempster Street and Dodge Avenue; and in south Evanston the Jewel Food Store on Howard Street just east of McCormick Boulevard were issued citations.

All three are mandated to appear for an administrative hearing in Room 2800 of the Evanston Civic Center on March 19 at 1 p.m.

The department said that 40 merchant establishments were checked by sending an underage teen into the store to attempt to purchase cigarettes while under surveillance from police.

The stores cited made unlawful sales to the minor without asking for age verification, police said, and were issued city ordinance violation tickets for selling tobacco products to a minor under 18 years of age.

These compliance checks are performed several times a year, according to a news release from the department.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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  1. I was in Walgreens

    I was in Walgreens on Green Bay when this happened.  The clerk carded the young lady and she left . . .followed by the undercover cop standing a few feet away.  They got into the same unmarked police car (no M plates either, just plain old car plates) and drove off.

    That is the only time I have seen a sting.  Nobody got stung at Walgreens, but very exciting.

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