Five merchants cited for selling alcohol to minors

SPRINGFIELD – Five establishments were cited for selling alcohol to minors under 21 in Winnebago County. The Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) conducted underage compliance checks on Thursday, Sept, 11.

In conjunction with the Illinois Secretary of State Police, the ILCC conducted 12 compliance checks in the Villages of Durand, New Milford, and Pecatonica. All five of the establishments that failed the compliance check are facing their first offense.

The following five establishments were cited for selling liquor to ILCC underage participants:

  • Bino’s Italian Restaurant & Pizza, 6935 11th St., Ste. #1, New Milford;
  • Harvest Restaurant, 14449 W. State St., Pecatonica;
  • Hogs & Hydrants, 310 S. 2nd Ave., Durand;
  • Magnum Oil 2, 6536 11th St., Rockford; and
  • Topway Foods, 1205 Main St., Pecatonica.

This report is a result of ongoing undercover and cooperative law enforcement operations conducted by Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) agents, local law enforcement officials and volunteers from high schools and colleges.  The teams randomly visit liquor stores, restaurants and bars in communities around the state to check for ongoing compliance with state laws mandating that no liquor is sold to minors under the age of 21. Commission agents also work with local and state law enforcement agents to focus on communities with a high incidence of underage liquor sales.

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