County gets grant for tobacco prevention

Winnebago County has been chosen by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission to receive a grant in the amount of $19,250 to establish a comprehensive educational and enforcement program on minimum-age tobacco laws.

“We are pleased to receive this grant to increase our efforts to reduce youth access to tobacco products,”said Mike Bacon, administrator.

The Commission, the state’s lead agency in developing strategies to reduce the availability and delivery of tobacco products to minors, is awarding $1 million in grants to Illinois communities that are willing to implement a Tobacco Enforcement Program to reduce youth access to tobacco products.

The Commission’s appropriation is from the state’s Tobacco Settlement Fund to offer grants to communities to either initiate programs that enforce minimum-age tobacco laws or support existing programs.

Grant funds were awarded to those communities presenting a plan that demonstrates willingness for both short- and long-term activities to educate tobacco retailers and enforce minimum-age tobacco laws.

Information: (312) 814-2206 or write to the Illinois Liquor Control Commission, 100 W. Randolph St., Suite 5-300, Chicago, IL 60601, or visit

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