Evanston police say 42 percent of the 19 bars and stores checked last week flunked a test of their procedures for keeping alcohol out of the hands of minors.

The eight businesses cited for failing to card under-age testers were the Dominick’s stores at 1910 Dempster St. and 2748 Green Bay Road, Evanston 1st Liquors at 1019 Davis St., the Jewel Osco at 1128 Chicago Ave., Tommy Nevin’s Pub at 1450 Sherman Ave., the Rhythm Room at 1715 Maple Ave., Union Pizza at 1245 Chicago Ave. and World Market at 1725 Maple Ave.

Police and state liquor control commission officials sent under-age testers to attempt to purchase alcohol at the businesses last Thursday evening. If the businesses fail to check the minor’s age, the business and the sales person are issued citations.

The police offer free BASSET, or Beverage Alcohol Server Seller Education Training, programs to improve liquor law compliance. Business managers interested in signing up for the next four-hour class in September can contact Kerry Demski in the Community Strategies Bureau at 847-866-5019.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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