CRYSTAL LAKE – Only one of 80 establishments checked for alcohol compliance by city police this month failed the test, Crystal Lake police said Friday.
Sunrise Tobacco & Liquors, 450 N. Route 31, was cited by police for selling alcohol to a minor. Police check for compliance by sending people under the age of 21 into establishments with liquor licenses and attempt to purchase alcohol.
The store’s adjudication hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. June 9 at City Hall, 100 W. Woodstock St.
City ordinance sets forth a progressive discipline process for liquor violations within a five-year period. A first offense comes with a $750 fine, while a second offense comes with a $1,500 fine and a suspension. A third offense in a five-year period comes with a $2,500 fine and can be grounds for revoking the license.
The sting comes as a Route 14 restaurant began serving a two-week suspension for racking up two offenses in five years.
The city and the police department created a system by which participating businesses can test their own employees to ensure compliance with liquor laws. Besides encouraging best practices, a participating business that fails an official compliance check can get some leniency on the penalty.