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4 stores cited for underage tobacco, liquor sales

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Evanston police issued citations this week to four establishments for allegedly selling tobacco or liquor products to persons who were too young to purchase them legally.

The Walgreen’s at 2100 Green Bay Road and Food 4 Less at 2400 Main St. were cited under city ordinance for selling tobacco products to persons under 18.

Ward Eight at 629 Howard St. and La Macchina at 1620 Orrington Ave. were cited under city ordinance for underage sale of an alcoholic beverage and by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission under state law.

The tobacco citations were a result of the city’s juvenile bureau detectives conducting a tobacco compliance check operation at 41 merchants throughout the city to ensure that minors under the age of 18 were not being illegally sold tobacco, according to EPD Cmdr. Jay Parrott.

The department worked with the Illinois Liquor Control Commission to conduct alcohol compliance checks at 24 separate locations in Evanston to ensure that no illegal sales of alcohol were occurring to persons under the age of 21, Parrott said.

Individuals that are 18 and older are used for the liquor compliance checks and minors under 18 are used for the tobacco compliance operation with parental consent, Parrott said. They enter the establishment under the supervision of law enforcement and attempt to make a purchase.

If the establishment sells the age controlled product without checking the proper identification to verify the underage purchaser is of age, the establishment is then cited for the underage sale.  

These compliance checks are usually conducted twice each year at various times, Parrott said, to keep businesses in compliance with state and local ordinances.

All establishments cited under city ordinance will appear at administrative adjudication located at the Civic Center. 

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 stations and business-oriented magazines.

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