Liquor Control Commission hearing in Rockford Sept. 17

Staff Report

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — Twenty-nine Illinois liquor licensees will state their case before the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) after each licensee recently failed to comply with the law prohibiting the sale of liquor to individuals younger than 21. Five of the 29 licensees are facing a second offense of non-compliance of the law.

The ILCC hearing is scheduled to begin at noon, Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the E.J. Zeke Giorgi Center, 200 S. Wyman St., in Rockford.

During ILCC compliance checks in May and June of 2014, the 29 licensees based in Elgin, Genoa or Rockford, were each found to have served alcohol to a minor younger than 21. ILCC underage compliance checks are ongoing and performed on a random basis around the state by ILCC Field Agents, cooperative state or local law enforcement, and minors hired from local high schools and colleges, many with interest in law enforcement as a career.

As a result of non-compliance of the law, the 29 licensees could face a variety of penalties. The ILCC has the authority to fine, suspend or revoke a state liquor license, and the licensee may negotiate a settlement agreeable to ILCC staff and the commissioners. In addition, the ILCC may fine the non-compliant liquor licensee up to $500 for each offense, per day, to a maximum of $20,000 per year, per license. The non-compliant licensee may also be in peril of a suspended license for a maximum of 30 days, or in the most serious cases, a revocation of the state liquor license.

The following establishments violated the law by selling alcohol to ILCC underage participants, and will be included on the hearing docket:

  • BJ’s Place — 2842 11th St., Rockford. Second offense was June 24; first offense was Jan. 8.
  • Rockview Tap — 2002 Broadway, Rockford. Second offense was June 24; first offense was Sept. 1.
  • Joe’s Pizza and Pub — 313 W. Main St., Genoa. Second offense was June 19; first offense was March 22.
  • Price Rite Liquors — 1055 S. Liberty St., Elgin. Second offense was June 12; first offense was Feb. 18.
  • Northwest Liquors — 995 N. Mclean Blvd., Elgin. Second offense was June 12; first offense was Feb. 18.
  • Hai Quynh Vietnamese Restaurant — 324 Seventh St., Rockford. First offense was June 24.
  • Jo-Jo’s Pizza and Delivery — 3110 S. Alpine Road, Rockford. First offense was June 24.
  • Mary’s Market Café and Bakery — 1659 N. Alpine Road, Rockford. First offense was June 24.
  • Josef’s of Barbados — 6860 Spring Creek Road, Rockford. First offense was June 24.
  • Rockford Brewing Company — 200 Prairie St., Rockford. First offense was June 24.
  • The Old Still — 2610 Kilburn Ave., Rockford. First offense was June 24.
  • Bahia Restaurant — 6116 Mulford Village Drive, Rockford. First offense was June 24.
  • Machine Shed — 7475 E. State St., Rockford. First offense was June 24.
  • Bamboo Asian Noodles & Tapas Bar — 514 E. State St., Rockford. First offense was June 24.
  • Fiesta Cancun — 631 Highgrove Place, Rockford. First offense was June 24.
  • Flamingo Slots — 7521 Walton St., Rockford. First offense was June 24.
  • Kuma’s Asian Bistro-Rockford — 420 E. State St., Rockford. First offense was June 24.
  • John’s Restaurant and Pizzeria — 2914 11th St., Rockford. First offense was June 24.
  • Stone Eagle Tavern — 6445 E. State St., Rockford. First offense was June 24.
  • Buffalo Wild Wings — 6275 E. State St., Rockford. First offense was June 24.
  • Tacos San Jose — 3725 E. State St., Rockford. First offense was June 24.
  • Thai Hut — 701 Highgrove Place, Rockford. First offense was June 24.
  • Villa Di Roma Pizza — 1620 Harrison Ave., Rockford. First offense was June 24.
  • The It Drive-In Liquor Store — 3216 Auburn St., Rockford. First offense was May 1.
  • Rockton Ave. Quick Mart — 3005 N. Rockton Ave., Rockford. First offense was May 1.
  • Wild Wild Westmor Lanes — 2407 N. Central Ave., Rockford. First offense was June 24.
  • Boomers Sports Bar & Grill — 908 W. Riverside Blvd., Rockford. First offense was June 24.
  • Kishwaukee Tavern & Drive In Liquor — 2327 Kishwaukee St., Rockford. First offense was June 24.
  • Opsahl’s Tavern — 3301 11th St., Rockford. First offense was June 24.

One thought on “Liquor Control Commission hearing in Rockford Sept. 17

  • Sep 11, 2014 at 8:17 pm
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    You know all of these places are guilty of doing this on a regular basis, they just got caught this ONE, maybe TWO, times(s). I think they should be fined the maximum and closed for one week. Hit them where it counts. Then MAYBE, they will card everyone before they serve drinks to them!!

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